Aston Villa target Steve Sidwell will hold talks with Luiz Felipe Scolari before deciding whether or not he will leave Chelsea.
Sidwell's future at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of intense speculation all summer after he failed to hold down a place in the Chelsea side last season.
Aston Villa are thought to be leading the chase for the former Reading star with a host of other Premier League clubs also monitoring his situation.
Sidwell's agent Eric Walters says the player wants to talk with new Chelsea boss Scolari before making a decision on his future and he would be entitled to a pay-off if he does leave Stamford Bridge just one year after arriving on a free transfer.
No rush"Steve feels Villa are a very, very good club and would offer a very good future for him," Walters told the Daily Mail.
"But he is in no rush to leave Chelsea. There is a new manager coming in and he would at least like to meet with him over the next couple of weeks to discuss his future in person.
"He is entitled to some compensation if Chelsea agree to part with him."