Jose Mourinho's style as a manager would be a perfect fit for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, and the Blues are reportedly interested in signing up the German international, according to Jack de Menezes in the Independent.
The 27-year-old performed magnificently as Germany beat Brazil, 7-1, to reach the World Cup final on Tuesday and displayed many of the qualities that would make him a fine addition at Stamford Bridge.
Reports had linked the German holding midfielder with a move to the Gunners, who are believed to willing to spend up to £28m on the 27-year-old despite their imminent moves for Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy.
But after his starring role in the demolition job of Brazil, Chelsea are being linked with a move for Khedira, having already strengthened their midfield with the £30m signing of former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Despite his obvious quality and four-year stay at the Bernabeu, Real are consistently being linked with his national teammate, Toni Kroos, per Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports, whose arrival would see Khedira's playing time significantly reduced.
Per the Mirror's John Cross, Kroos has previously hinted at his desire to leave current club Bayern Munich, and a much-rumoured Real looks the likely destination for the 24-year-old, per TZ Munich (via Goal.com):
I've made a decision and can't say. I read things. It's not hard to find out. But I'm saying there is nothing done. First I want to play the World Cup and when finished my decision will be known. I’ll say it myself. Before then there is nothing. There’s one week of the World Cup left and then we'll know more.
If indeed, as seems likely, the Madrid outfit do look to move Khedira on, the Blues must look to pip the Gunners in their pursuit of the player.
As he showed against Brazil, he has great strength and power, can pick out a pass and is terrific at moving play from defence into attack.
Mourinho is a manager who likes to have a strong base at the back of his formation, and Khedira would add strength to his midfield as well as the ability to move the ball forward and start attacks for the likes of Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Oscar.
Along with Nemanja Matic, he could make up a central midfield partnership that would upset even the best attacking units as they looked to move forward.
As Cross indicates, on his day, Khedira is one of the best in the business:
He has bags of experience and was part of the Real team that won the Champions League last season. With the departure of Frank Lampard, the Blues are now lacking their long-term leader in midfield, a gap that Khedira could fill.
While a lack of genuine striking options was arguably Chelsea's main weakness last season, a lack of strength and depth in the centre of midfield was also a problem, especially in being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.
The addition of Khedira would go a long way to solving this problem, and he has proved in the World Cup—on the biggest stage—that he is up there with the best.
He would fit well into Mourinho's system and make Chelsea a tough proposition for any side in Europe and domestically.