Chelsea have made a €35 million offer for Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, according to reports.
Gazetta Dello Sport claims the Blues have made contact with Inter Milan over a potential summer move, with the Italian publication going as far as to say a bid has been made.
The Sun reported yesterday that Guus Hiddink had advised Chelsea to make a move for the coveted former Ajax star, although wage demands in the region of £200,000 were claimed to be a major stumbling block.
The Metro have also waded into the debate, claiming Chelsea have 'stolen ahead of Manchester United' in the race for the 27-year-old's signature.
Reports in the publication go on to claim Blues chief Roman Abramovich has given the green light over a move to bring the player to Stamford Bridge, with the club set to sit down with Inter director of football Marco Branca over the Chelsea move.
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a long-term admirer of Sneijder, and is thought to have highlighted the player as a potential replacement for retiring Paul Scholes.
Only yesterday the Daily Mirror claimed Manchester United were 'confident' of landing the player, and Dutch journalist Marcel van deer Kraan told talkSPORT that he thought the player would make an Old Trafford move.
"We know that Wesley is really keen to move to Manchester, I think it is United most of all," said Van deer Kraan.
The Red Devils are unlikely to let the player make a Chelsea move without a fight, and a counter-offer from Manchester United can be expected in the coming days, according to The Metro.