The Blues have, in their ranks, Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao but all have failed to make any meaningful impact this term as Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit 16th in the Premier League, after losing 7 out of their 12 league outings this season.
Hernandez, 27, spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester United. And after his return to Old Trafford in the summer, he was not deemed fit for the plans of manager Louis van Gaal and the Red Devils sold him to Leverkusen.
Since moving to the Bundesliga, “Chicharito” has bagged 10 goals in all competitions for Leverkusen and, Chelsea are now set to bring in the Mexican footballer in the mid-season transfer window.
Costa was instrumental to Chelsea’s Premier League and Capital One Cup triumphs last term as he had a quick impact in England after making a switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014. However, the 27-year old has struggled for form this term – with just two league goals to his name.
Falcao also joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco in the summer and the Colombian has not had any real impact for the Blues, while Remy has seen his playing time limited as Mourinho prefers Costa to lead the line for the Blues.
With Costa now failing to replicate his form of last season, Mourinho is scouring Europe for a proven goalscorer and the Portuguese has earmarked Hernandez to help him get the goals as Chelsea have clearly struggled to find the back of the net this campaign.
As per the Mirror, an offer of £8.5m would allow Leverkusen part ways with Hernandez in the New Year. Having played in the Premier League for Man United, the Mexico international should have no problem hitting the ground running – should he join Chelsea.