Chelsea are considering an approach for unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Spanish newspaper AS believes the Europa League champions are close to a €40m deal for the 26-year-old Uruguayan international.
It is believed Chelsea manager José Mourinho is an admirer of the South American's abilities and has identified him as a top summer target, particularly since it appears the Blues have given up hope of signing Suarez's compatriot, Edinson Cavani, from Serie A side Napoli.
AS' report also adds Suarez will be offered a €5.5m annual package, which is a surprise; the Uruguayan is believed to earn upwards of €7m at Anfield.
Mourinho's quest for a new central attacker appeared to have come to an end in June, after Italian media reported on a £49.3m deal between the west London side and Napoli for Cavani's services. However, those reports were later denied and, since then, the Metro has reported that the Uruguayan will choose Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain (PSG) as his new club.
Incidentally, if Cavani does move to the Parc des Princes, it will reportedly be for a £54m fee and a massive £290,000 per week package.
Chelsea have already had a taste of signing mega-money strikers and it hasn't always worked out. The £50m spent on bringing Spain striker Fernando Torres has proven to be a poor deal so far and a reported £30m on former Ukraine international Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan was a similar waste.
Competition for Suarez's signature includes domestic rivals Arsenal, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Bundesliga and Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
Mino Raiola on Cavani to PSG
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, believes a potential attacking partnership between his client and Cavani could be a massive boost for the Ligue 1 champions.
"Of course, Ibra and Cavani would make a great duo. Although, Zlatan would remain the club's main man. Cavani to PSG, for me, is difficult to see being completed because of the [£54m] contract clause," Raiola told La Gazzetta dello Sport.