Chelsea are preparing a late move to sign Arsenal contract rebel Aaron Ramsey before the transfer deadline, according to reports.
The Welsh midfielder is out of contract next summer and has yet to sign an extension, meaning Arsenal risk losing him for nothing.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri identified midfield as the one area of his squad that still needs a touch of quality, and the Daily Mail claim Ramsey is the player he wants.
Arsenal are still locked in talks with Ramseys entourage, but do not want to go into the new season with the situation still unresolved and risk another Alexis Sanchez-style saga.
Chelsea are monitoring talks closely and are ready to pounce if talks reach a deadlock.
Arsenal would consider offers of just £30million for Ramsey should he categorically reject the contract offer currently on the table and choose to run down his contract.
Ramsey is one of five players new Arsenal boss Unai Emery considers as captain material and the Spaniard had been confident his Welsh midfielder would stay in north London.
Aaron is an important player for us, and the contract is one thing for the club and the player, explained Emery.
For me, I want him to stay with us, to work with us, to give the team the big performance. I think he is going to stay here with us.
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