Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Germany international Antonio Rudiger despite the defender's serious injury.
The 23-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury and will be out of action for six months.
But according to Calciomercato.it, the Italian still wants to make a move to secure the services of the Roma man.
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly continues to be the main target for Conte but president Aurelio De Laurentiis made it clear last week that he will not sell the Senegalese.
It is unclear why the 46-year-old is so determined to bring the German to Stamford Bridge especially since 21-year-old Kurt Zouma will also miss the start of the new campaign.
Reports at the start of the month claimed that the Blues were ready to offer £23million for the defender.