CHELSEA are looking to land Danny Drinkwater in time to face Tottenham on Sunday.
The Leicester star has become a key target for the Blues.
And with Antonio Conte desperately short of midfield options, Chelsea are ready to act.
They have already seen a £15million bid turned down for Drinkwater this summer.
But Starsport understands a £25m offer is now planned.
Despite Leicester valuing the 27-year-old at £40m, the Mirror say Chelsea fully expect to see movement on Drinkwater this week.
Conte needs reinforcements ahead of the Blues’ early crunch London derby with Premier League title rivals Spurs.
Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko is still recovering from injury, while Nemanja Matic is now at Manchester United.
As a result of Cesc Fabregas’ red card against Burnley, Conte has just N’Golo Kante to call on in the middle.
The Mirror add Chelsea are determined to address the issue quickly and are ready for a huge spending spree.
Drinkwater could arrive prior to Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane (4pm).
That would potentially see him partner former Leicester team-mate Kante in Chelsea’s midfield.
Gary Cahill’s suspension also leaves Chelsea sort at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being targeted too.