Chelsea's interest in Parma forward Sebastien Giovinco has been confirmed by his agent, who claims the Blues are keen on the Italian.
Chelsea spent much of the summer trying to persuade Tottenham star Luka Modric to make the switch across London, only to have two bids rejected by Spurs.
While Andre Villas-Boas was able to bring in Juan Mata the Portuguese coach is reportedly still on the look out for someone to pull the strings in the middle of the park.
Parma's Giovinco could fit the bill and is thought to have caught his eye with his performances for Parma in Serie A, his agent Andrea D'Amico revealing both Villas-Boas and Blues owner Roman Abramovich have taken an interest in the 23-year-old.
He said: "It's no mystery that Roman Abramovich likes Giovinco,"
"The Chelsea owner was struck by Giovinco's performances when he played against them for Juventus (during the 2008-09 Champions League campaign)."
"Also, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas loves the player's technical qualities, and this means he is someone who understands football."
"Chelsea would be a nice club for Giovinco to join, but at the moment there is nothing concrete,"
"It all depends on Parma. They will decide. Plus, we would have to wait for an offer."