Napoli star Dries Mertens was in attendance as Chelsea beat Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
This may get some Blues fans excited about the possibility of signing the Belgian goal machine, but it would appear that he was just at Stamford Bridge to watch former teammate Nathaniel Chalobah.
The England under-21s international spent last season on loan at Napoli, and has now gone on to become a part of Antonio Conte’s first team in London.
Mertens will have only been able to see Chalobah in action for seven minutes on Monday, with the midfielder being subbed on late in the match as Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners.
Mertens has been in stellar form for Napoli since being moved to a central striker’s position in the absence of the injured Arkadiusz Milik.
The 29-year-old has 15 goals and seven assists in 22 matches in all competitions, and if the Blues were to take an interest he could be seen as a replacement for the soon to depart Oscar.
Oscar is joining Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in January in a huge £60 million transfer after failing to become a regular starter under Conte.
Chelsea mega bid to be snubbed: Antonio Conte has £38.2m back-up plan
ANTONIO CONTE will suffer further frustration in his hunt for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan when the transfer window reopens – but he reportedly has a back-up plan in place.
Chelsea had three bids – the highest reportedly worth £33m – rejected by the Serie A giants during the summer.
Nainggolan, 28, revealed last week that he snubbed Conte’s interest because he is settled in Italy.
According to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Conte is planning a €60m (£51m) January offer for Nainggolan.
Roma will reject the offer, which will prompt the Chelsea boss to launch a €45m (£38.2) bid for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal.
Chelsea have boosted their transfer kitty by £60m following the sale of Oscar to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
A new midfielder is high on Conte’s wish list with doubts surrounding Cesc Fabregas’ future, despite the Spaniard’s commitment to the club.
Chelsea have a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and Conte is keen to strengthen his squad for the second half of the campaign.
Chile international Vidal has been linked with a move to England since his time at Juventus but he opted to join Bayern Munich in 2015.
Vidal is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2019 and has made 21 appearances in all competitions this season.
Chelsea interested in £34m swoop for former Manchester United striker
Chelsea are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez in a £34million deal, according to German publication Bild.
The former Manchester United striker has been persistently linked with a return to the Premier League following his departure from Old Trafford and it’s claimed that Antonio Conte could be the man to make it happen.
Conte’s decision to keep Michy Batshuayi on the bench against Bournemouth on Boxing Day despite the suspension of Diego Costa highlighted the lack of options at Stamford Bridge. It seems the table-topping side have only one experienced and trusted centre-forward.
Hernandez would rectify that issue, having proven himself in the Premier League with Manchester United and as one of the top marksmen in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen. Last season he scored 26 goals.
Current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also heaped praise on the 28-year-old recently, saying he never would have sold him had he been in charge at Old Trafford at the time of the striker’s £7.3m departure.
According to Bild, Leverkusen would listen to offers for the Mexican if they met their valuation of around £34m.