Chelsea have reportedly joined the race to sign Samir Nasri, who is ready to quit Arsenal next week
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time, although their neighbours and rivals Man City joined the race to sign the winger earlier this week after ending their interest in Udinese playmaker Alexis Sanchez.
But according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are also keen on the France international, who will hold talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Monday.
Chelsea's reported interest may also be seen that Sanchez is set to snub a move to Stamford Bridge to join Barcelona this summer.
Nasri has twelve months left on his existing contract at the Emirates and is yet to agree to sign a new deal worth £90,000 a week.
With the likes of captain Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy set to leave the club this summer, and with Robin van Persie threatening to quit (see below), the former Marseille midfielder is believed to be keen to see how ambitious Wenger is this summer in the transfer market before agreeing to stay.
He also reportedly wants to be the club's highest earner, with sources in recent weeks suggesting he is looking for nearly £140,000-a-week.
It is thought that a move to Premier League champions Man Utd appeals to Nasri, although Chelsea may also be of interest as it would mean he can still play at a club in the Champions League without having to leave London.
Both United and City are expected to lodge £20million bids for the Frenchman in the next few days.
But it is now thought that Chelsea could look to match that offer, as could clubs from abroad, as the possibility of a bidding war esculates.
Should Wenger admit defeat in his bid to convince Nasri to stay at the club, it is almost certain that he would prefer to sell him to an overseas club than a Premier League rival.