Reports are suggesting that Chelsea could be prepared to bail Adam Johnson out of his predicament at the Etihad Stadium with a last ditch January effort.
The winger has been linked with moves away from Manchester City for the majority of the January transfer window, with Arsenal and Liverpool showing particular interest.
Chelsea have reason to go for the English international as it seems Salamon Kalou and Florent Malouda are both destined for 2012 exits from Stamford Bridge meaning space will be available for Johnson.
The 24 year-old has found himself featuring mainly as a substitute under Roberto Mancini, falling behind the likes of James Milner and David Silva in the hunt for a Premier League place.
Johnson has made 26 appearances for the Citizens this campaign, however only eleven have come from a starting berth and if the former Middlesborough star is to tie down a spot in Fabio Capello’s England plans, he may be tempted by the move away.
Manchester City would undoubtedly rather sell to a club who aren’t challenging for the same places as City but a player’s ambitions can tell in these scenarios.
Roberto Mancini is known to be a fan of Johnson’s, but may be forced to let go of his attacker if Chelsea meet his £14m asking price.
News has recently emerged that Roman Abramovich is prepared to plough £150m into the Blues’ transfer activity this year, making the Premier League switch a fairly small one considering Andre Villas Boas’ continued interest in signing £35m-rated Eden Hazard.