The Mirror says the Blues will be major players in the transfer market this summer and top-level talks are underway to land prime target Alves – at the second attempt.
The 25-year-old attacking right- back quit Sevilla to join Barca in July. Abramovich lost out and was also reluctant to join in an auction that reached £25million for Alves.
But Chelsea’s Russian ruler has regained his enthusiasm and has aides working on landing the classy defender.
Sources in Barcelona reveal that both Chelsea and – inevitably – Manchester City have been keen to sound out exactly how ‘available’ Alves might be and how much he fancies a future in the Premier League.
Insiders close to the South American say he would prefer to relocate to London.