Chelsea have recently looked rather thin in the middle of the park since confirming the sale of Raul Meireles to Fenerbahce on Monday.
After already loaning out Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien to Real Madrid, the blues are looking somewhat short of options in that deeper midfield role.
With only Oriol Romeu and John Obi Mikel as their only recognised holding midfield player, there has been various talk about Chelsea possibly making a move for free agent Owen Hargreaves. Something that many Chelsea supporters would welcome.
The 31-year-old former Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City player has been a free agent since the end of last season after City let him go. In a career that has been plagued with injuries, Hargreaves has always had the determination to play on at the highest level.
With his fitness video last season enticing Man City to give him a shot and proving his fitness again for this pre-season by training with QPR, there is still a lot that can be gained from a player of his calibre.
If Chelsea were to offer him a life line it would be for some kind of pay-per-play contract that for the former England international, that way it is a risk free move.
Being a free agent, English clubs can still sign these players even though the transfer window has finished.
Hargreaves is a solid ball winning holding midfielder who can also play at right back. An intelligent reader of the game he is good at breaking up the play and turning defence to attack.
Whether Chelsea were planning to sell Meireles remains to be seen, they might have kept Essien if they had plans to sell him, so this could well have been requested by Meireles and now Chelsea find themselves short, with the only option being a free agent.
Hargreaves would definitely be a decent addition to the squad, and great backup option to Mikel and Romeu.754725