Following Chelsea's disastrous start to the Premier League season, the board are ready to back Jose Mourinho in the January transfer window.
The Blues' defence has been at sixes and sevens this campaign - shipping an eye-watering 17 goals in eight games - and signing a new central defender will be their top priority.
A fresh move for Everton's John Stones is seen as the answer to their woes, while PSG's Marquinhos has also been touted as a potential addition, according to the Mirror.
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Following Roman Abramovich's public backing of Mourinho after the shock 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, the Russian billionaire will get behind the Portuguese boss if he can drag Chelsea back into top four contention come the new year.
The west London club had bids rejected for both players over the summer, but following their poor start to the season it appears the powers that be at the Bridge are prepared for a heavy investment.
Exactly what has gone wrong at Chelsea this season is up for debate. The drop in form of John Terry has been a major worry, but Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma have hardly covered themselves in glory.
The former England captain was re-introduced against Southampton, following a spell on the sidelines, but was at fault for the Saints' second goal as he allowed Sadio Mane an easy opportunity.
The central position is not the only concern for Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic has suffered a horrendous loss of form while Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas look a shadow of their former selves.
New additions in January are a must for the defending champions, but on current form, they will be well out of contention for a Champions League spot come the turn of the year.
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