Chelsea's attempts to find defensive cover for John Terry and Gary Cahill have, so far, hit a brick wall this transfer window.
Moves for the likes of Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli have proved futile, whilst talk of a sensational reunion with David Luiz is, at this stage, more rumour than fact.
So, with just hours to go until the window slams shut this evening, Chelsea are reportedly changing tact - shelving plans for an immediate permanent signing in favour of a loan-to-buy deal for Aymen Abdennour.
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According to French publication France Football, Chelsea have identified the Valencia defender as the answer to their problems and have made contact with the La Liga club.
Rather than signing the 40-cap Turkey international on a permanent deal today, however, it is thought the Stamford Bridge hierarchy would prefer to bring him in on loan initially, with an option to buy further down the line.
Having only arrived at Valencia last summer, and with the club having just sold his centre-back partner Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal, it remains to be seen whether the La Liga club would be willing to entertain Chelsea's offer.
Initial suggestions, again from France Football, suggest there could be hope on this one for Chelsea, however.
Per their report, Chelsea officials are said to be in talks with their Valencia counterparts about a "purchase option" for the 27-year-old.
They could also be helped by the fact that the Spanish club are in the process of bringing in Manchester City flop Eliaquim Mangla in their own loan deal.
Whether Abdennour is really of the calibre required to cover for the likes of Terry and Cahill - and appease Chelsea fans' concerns - is another question altogether.
He certainly doesn't have the big name or big price tag that would accompany the arrival of a Koulibaly or Luiz before the end of the day.
Abdennour only made 11 appearances for Valencia after arriving from Monaco in 2015, and fans on social media are mixed about his possible arrival in the Premier League.
With only a few hours to go until the window shuts, it might be difficult for Chelsea to come up with anything better than the loan-to-buy option, however.
What's more, making the move permanent would surely depend on how Abdennour performs in a Chelsea shirt during his loan spell.
As such, the west London club can't really lose. If he joins and plays well, the option to buy would make sense. If he struggles, they can simply send him back with little fuss.
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