Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to complete a triple-raid on Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa, Felipe Luis and Diego Godin and has asked owner Roman Abramovich to meet the release clause of all three stars in a deal worth €100m, according to Spanish publication AS.
The Blues have been linked with Atletico's top scorer Costa for much of the past six months, but interest in defensive linchpin Godin in particular is new and shows Mourinho is not afraid to spend big to reshape his squad this summer.
Godin and Luis helped form the awesome defensive base from which Atletico's La Liga success and Mourinho now wants the pair to create genuine competition for places in defence, but that aim won't come cheap.
Luis has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave Atletico for a lucrative move abroad and Mourinho is a long-term admirer of the roving Brazilian full-back, who has a buy-out clause of €24m along with Godin.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone is likely resigned to losing Costa but had hoped to persuade the bulk of his title-winning squad to stay and defend their crown, a stance Mourinho hopes to take out of his hands by meeting release clauses for the spine of his team.
Abramovich has been briefed by the Blues boss and is now ready to sanction a spend approaching €100m, while Mourinho would also like to to take former Chelsea midfielder Tiago on a free contract if possible.
Chelsea also still own Atletico's loan star Thibaut Courtois and are likely to bring the Belgian stopper back to Stamford Bridge ahead of next season, if they can persuade arguably the world's best young goalkeeper he will get regular playing time in the Premier League.
That brings the potential total of players swapping Atletico for Chelsea this summer to five, with Los Rojiblancos braced for a potential pillage of the Vicente Calderon after the World Cup.