Antonio Conte wants to boost his forward line further and has made an approach for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani. The Blues boss has already signed Belgium international Michy Batshuayi for a reported £33m ($43.6m), but is keen to bring in another forward due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of Diego Costa.
French publication Le10 Sport reports that the Stamford Bridge outfit has submitted a bid of around €50m to bring the Uruguayan forward to England, but the Ligue 1 club, who are reluctant to do business have slapped a price tag of €80m on the striker. The French club have already lost last season's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United on a free transfer and they are unlikely to allow yet another key player to leave the club this summer.
The report claims that the striker, who will be finally afforded a chance to play centrally after being played out of position by former manager Laurent Blanc, is keen on a move away as he seeks a new experience in another league. Ibrahimovic was always preferred to Cavani for the No 9 role by the former manager but he is likely to get his preferred role now since the Swede has left the club.
Conte has a number of forwards at his disposal at the moment in Batshuayi, Costa and Loic Remy, but Atletico Madrid have refused to rule out a possible return for their former striker. However, the Italian manager has made it clear that the Brazilian-born Spain international is part of his plans and will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are currently on their pre-season tour and concluded their visit of Austria with a big victory over local side Atus Ferlach. Batshuayi scored his first goals for the club, while Remy scored a hat-trick in an 8-0 rout. The Blues will now travel to the United States to face Liverpool in their first International Champions Cup clash, after which they will take on Real Madrid and AC Milan before travelling to Germany for their final pre-season game against Werder Bremen.