Rafa Benítez wants his team to score more goals, and 'The Daily Mail', 'The Daily Mirror' and 'The Sun' all claim that David Villa is his preferred solution in order to give Chelsea more goalscoring prowess until the end of the season.
The Barcelona forward is experiencing his worst period in two and a half years at the Catalan club and rarely features in Tito Vilanova's starting line-ups, leading to speculation that he could leave the cub shortly.
Despite the Blues battering Aston Villa last Sunday, Rafa Benítez's only natural striker is Fernando Torres, and although the Spaniard has recovered his form to some extent in recent weeks, he has experienced a number of goalscoring droughts since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
The Daily Mail claims that Villa could join Chelsea on loan until the end of the season, with Roman Abramovich aiming to sign Atlético Madrid forward Radamel Falcao in the summer. Therefore, Villa would be an urgent and temporary solution for the West Londoners. He would provide them with goals and Chelsea would give him the game time he needs in order to get his form and consistency back after breaking his leg a year ago, but is being denied to him at Barcelona. What's more, the Asturian has made it clear that he would like to play in the Premier League one day.
If he does move to Chelsea, Villa will be reunited with Torres, with whom he formed a deadly partnership with Spain at Euro 2008 under coach Luis Aragonés.
'The Daily Mail' has also linked Newcastle United forward Demba Ba and Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle with Chelsea, and believes that Belgian Romelu Lukaku, owned by the Blues but currently on-loan at West Bromwich Albion, could be recalled by his parent club, but only as a last resort.
'The Mirror' has placed Chelsea above Liverpool and Arsenal as a possible destination for Villa should he leave Barcelona, with Chelsea investing around 15 million euros in the loan deal.
The interest is real, but it seems as if Barcelona may not be ready to let Villa go in the middle of the season, with the league title, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey all still to play for. The club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta also declared before Christmas that the club would keep hold of the forward during the January transfer window.