Chelsea have reportedly informed Benfica that they wish to sign Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan deal.
Having fallen out of favour at the Portuguese giants, Fernandes is expected to join a Premier League club before the end of the January transfer window.
However, according to Sky Sports News, Chelsea hold an interest in the 20-year-old, aware that the youngster may prefer a move to London due to his mother living in England's capital.
The report claims that the Blues are keen to bring in Fernandes on a deal until the end of next season, before pushing through a £55m permanent transfer.
Fernandes has made 25 starts and 18 substitute outings in all competitions during his time in the first team at Benfica.