Chelsea have held initial talks with Barcelona over a potential move for unwanted midfielder Alexander Song, according to The Telegraph.
The Cameroon international spent the whole of last season on loan to West Ham United, who are in the midst of trying to sign him on a permanent basis.
West Ham are trying to convince Barcelona to let them sign Song on a free transfer, instead offering to take on the whole of his £70,000-a-week wages.
Barcelona had already accepted that they would have to supplement Song's wages for the remainder of his two-year contract to try and get him to leave.
Nou Camp officials had placed a £5m fee in his head, but may forego the asking price in light of West Ham's offer.
However, Chelsea are ready to throw a spanner into the works by making their own offer. Jose Mourinho wants reinforcements for his midfield as John Obi Mikel is set to leave this summer.
Song, who comes with the added bonus of homegrown status due to the time he spent with Arsenal, would be back-up to Nemanja Matic but could be attracted by the chance to play for the Premier League champions.
He could also reunite with Cesc Fabregas with the pair enjoying time at both Arsenal and Barcelona together.
Chelsea have held initial talks with Barcelona, but it not known whether Mourinho is willing to pay the £5m asking price.
Part to play
However, Song felt the effects of being a bit-part player at Barcelona having never been considered first choice ahead of Sergio Busquets.
The Hammers can offer Song a key role in the first-team despite the fact that there were concerns at Upton Park over his dip in form after Christmas.