Chelsea are being linked with a January raid on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Elias.
The Brazilian international was reported to have emerged on the Blues radar over the weekend, and Globoesporte not claims the player is being 'tracked' by Andre Villas-Boas' team of scouts.
Nicknamed 'the prophet' by his Portugues fans, Elias moved to Sporting last in the summer for a reported €8.85 million from Atletico Madrid. He had only been in Spain for eight months after moving to the Estadio Vicente Calderón from Cornthians in January.
Former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon holds a stake in the player through Quality Football Ireland Limited, and it's been reported that the Stamford Bridge outfit could look to use their connections in an effort to bring the player to west London.
'AVB' is widely expected to make transfer moves in the New Year, with the Chelsea side's current form putting their place in the Champions League knockout rounds and Premier League top four in doubt.
With claims both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba could be on their way out of Chelsea, a striker is thought to be high on the club's agenda despite the addition of Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
And, whilst Raul Meireles and Oriol Romeu were also drafted in, central midfield is clearly still of interest to the Chelsea boss with his interest in 26-year-old Elias.
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