Chelsea will today make a £70m move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to reports.
The Sun claim that the Blues are hoping to tie up a four-and-a-half year deal, worth £250,000-a-week, for the out-of-favour midfielder when the transfer window reopens.
A hefty signing-on fee is also set to be part of the package for the 26-year-old.
The Blues have moved ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City in the pack, with the latter intent on waiting until next summer before making a move.
However, with the Spaniard surplus to requirements at Real – a deal is set to be completed in January.
Isco has made just 11 league appearances this season and was booed by the home crowd in last week’s woeful Champions League defeat against CSKA Moscow.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who has handed over negotiations to Sporting Director Marina Granovskaia, wants to pair Isco with Eden Hazard.
The Belgian, who has himself admitted it would be a dream to play for Real, has been used in the ‘false 9’ position in recent weeks and Sarri sees Isco as the perfect foil for the Belgian.
There is an expectancy that negotiations will move quickly and Isco could join Chelsea as early as the first week of the New Year.
City boss Pep Guardiola is a long-term admirer of Isco, but the midfielder wants out of Madrid next month – and the Champions are unlikely to make a move at this stage.
Sarri hopes a busy transfer window, including the addition of Isco, will turn the Blues into serious Premier League title contenders.