Reports in Spain are claiming that Chelsea already have an agreement in place with Barcelona ace Ronaldinho.
It is claimed by leading Spanish daily Marca that The Blues have finalised a deal with the 27-year-old - whose time in Catalunya looks to be drawing to a close.
Ronaldinho has long been linked with a switch to Chelsea, with owner Roman Abramovich thought to be a huge fan of the Brazilian.
The one-time Manchester United target has been far from at his best this term and has even been dropped to the bench by coach Frank Rijkaard.
Previously a cheeky bid from Middlesbrough was the only offer thought to have been lodged, but Chelsea now look on course to land Ronaldinho.
Italian giants Milan, who also have a long-standing interest, could mount a late challenge.
The reports state that Ronaldinho will be paid 10million euros (£7.1million) a-year at Stamford Bridge, although the two clubs have not yet agreed a deal.
It is believed Chelsea want to take Ronaldinho in January and the player is also keen, but it remains to be seen whether Barcelona could be persuaded to sell him before the summer.