Chelsea's hopes of signing Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles hinge on whether or not they are prepared to offer a player-plus-cash exchange that includes the services of Daniel Sturridge according to the London Metro.
The Blues have already failed with an £8million + Yossi Benayoun bid to bring the Portuguese star to west London, but it is believed that a revised offer is just around the corner.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish doesn't want Benayoun back at Anfield, just twelve months after he left Merseyside for Stamford Bridge - but would be open to negotiate a deal that included the promising England U21 international.
Having strengthened well in midfield over the summer, Meireles' Liverpool future has been cast into doubt, attracting the attention of Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who is starting to accept his failure in trying to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham.
Despite impressing for the Blues in pre-season, Sturridge's first-team opportunities at Chelsea also look to be bleak, following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, increasing the competition for places at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool themselves boast an impressive forward line after the January arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, but Dalglish and Co. have been frustrated in their bid to land another Reds striker before the close of the window tomorrow.
With David N'Gog set to depart Anfield imminently, Sturridge may feel he has more potential to succeed on Merseyside than at Chelsea, and could prove to be the key component in making a swap deal for Meireles possible.