With a little less than 48 hours to the close of business in the January winter window, clubs have not hit the brakes as they continue to break the bank in making top quality signings to stay atop trouble in their respective leagues.
Chelsea is one of those clubs and there is shocking claim from Spain Blues are lining up a fine bid for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The Croatian is a strong fabric of Ernesto Velverde’s midfielder, but the club’s buying of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, has raised eyebrow speculation the 30-year-old midfielder could get the axe sooner than later.
There is no doubt things will flip in the Dutchman’s favour, who will remain at Ajax until the end of the season, before making his debut at the Nou Camp.
Chelsea are aware of the slimmer chances of Rakitic holding down his spot in the side, with Valverde keen on shuffling things up a little bit when De Jong joins in the summer.
It is why Spanish outlet Sports is hawking rumours about Blues selecting Rakitic to replace Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas moved to Monaco this month, but Chelsea have yet to replace the midfielder, with former target Leandro Peredes signing for PSG instead, this month, and a deal for Barella has yet to materialise.