Chelsea have opened talks with Besiktas over a double January loan deal, with the Turkish giants hoping to reach an agreement that sees both Mohamed Salah and Nathan Ake spend the rest of the season with Slaven Bilic's side.
That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that Besiktas want to take advantage of their partnership deal with the Blues to give their title challenge a huge boost before the transfer window slams shut.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho looks likely to sign off on the exit of two fringe players, who combined have made just three Premier League appearances all season long.
Salah's struggles hardly a shock
Chelsea fans will be disappointed but hardly surprised if Salah follows Demba Ba to Istanbul in search of regular first-team football, just 12 months after completing an £11 million move from FC Basel.
Mourinho saw off serious competition from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to conclude that deal, but has used the Egyptian international sparingly ever since to put it politely. The 22-year-old is desperate for game time and Besiktas could fit the bill, with their president Fikret Orman confirming talks have taken place over the pacy winger.
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Orman is quoted by The Mirror as revealing to Best FM: “I was in England and held talks with Chelsea but it would be wrong to disclose who the negotiations were regarding.
“The talks are ongoing, if I was to tell you who the transfer was regarding it could make the move more difficult.”
Ake has also reportedly formed part of those discussions, with the Dutch youngster well down the pecking order at Chelsea and restricted to just four appearances all four competitions the Blues are fighting.
Chelsea are keen for the 19-year-old's development to continue with consistent exposure to a better standard of football, something Besiktas could definitely offer.
The Blues will surely let both move on if they avoid injuries to key starts over the next fortnight, but don't expect any incomings to replace a pair who are very much peripheral to Mourinho's long-term plans at Stamford Bridge.