Chelsea could reportedly make an attempt to sign Marten de Roon from Atalanta when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
The Blues were eager to sign a central midfielder before the international transfer deadline and they were heavily linked with a move for Declan Rice.
However, they were unable to negotiate his transfer from West Ham United, who were reluctant to accept anything less than £80m.
According to The Express, the west London side may look to reinforce their midfield options in the New Year and De Roon is apparently a target.
De Roon had a disappointing 2016/2017 loan spell with Middlesbrough, but he has since revived his career with the Serie A outfit.
He has been integral in their top-four finish over the past two seasons and the Blues are weighing up a possible winter move.