With tongues wagging all over the globe about Jose Mourinho and his possible return to Chelsea, it seems as if the Real Madrid manager may end up taking some of their players with him to Stamford Bridge.
Many names have been banded about already, such as pacey winger Angel Di Maria and bullish defender Pepe, but now it seems as if midfield maestro Xabi Alonso could be one to join Mourinho in London.
Having built up a brilliant reputation in England during his time with Liverpool, Alonso went on to move to Real Madrid and continue plying his trade as one of the world's best centre midfielders.
Having been adored by Liverpool fans all over the world, Alonso has made the same impact since his arrival at Real - and despite the huge signings they make each year, he has been a name on the team-sheet consistently throughout the seasons.
And now it seems that outgoing Real Madrid boss Mourinho has the same admiration for the Spanish international and may well attempt to take the midfielder with him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
With Michael Essien reaching the latter stages of his career, Chelsea are missing that experienced holding man who can sit in front of their defence and soak up the pressure, as well as be calm on the ball and have the ability to find key passes forward.
John Obi Mikel has been a disappointment and failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he arrived in England, and Ramires is too set on joining the attack to sit back and help his defence out.
And, having failed to land Luka Modric, Chelsea have been missing that man in midfield to link the play between their defenders and the magical attacking midfield three of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.
Oscar and Hazard have been brilliant buys for Chelsea, and Mata has to go down as their player of the year without a doubt. His goals and assists have been vital to Chelsea, and is the reason they are still challenging for a top four spot next season.
The missing link is that midfield maestro, someone who can take the ball and get his head up. A player who can link defenders and attacking midfielders with a blink of an eye, and a player who can start a move for their team as well as end one for the opposition with good marking and tackling.
All in all, Alonso fits this bill perfectly, but Real may well be reluctant to sell. A move for Modric may not be out of the question either as the Croatian has failed to settle in Spain or command a regular spot in the Real Madrid side.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://bit.ly/12nAsNY
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeFootball Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeFootball.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeFootball.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.