Paris Saint Germain director of football Leonardo has suggested Edinson Cavani's move to the Ligue 1 champions could be completed in the coming days, ending Chelsea's interest in signing the Napoli striker.
Despite being linked with a move to Real Madrid, Cavani appears set to join PSG after the Uruguayan's £54m release clause was understood to be activated by the French champions.
And Leonardo says that having submitted an "interesting" offer for Cavani an announcement regarding his signing is imminent.
"We presented an offer to [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis that I consider to be very interesting," the Brazilian declared to Il Matino.
"We are pursuing negotiations. We remain in contact and there could be new developments over the next days."
Since being taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority in 2011, PSG have been the world's leading spenders in the transfer market buying the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore.
Pastore was the marque signing of the owner's first summer in charge, joining from Palermo for a reported £34.3m and Maurizio Zamparini, president of the Serie A club, has praised his counterpart Aurelio De Laurentiis for clinching the massive deal.
"I have texted De Laurentiis to congratulate him on doing even better than I did [while dealing with PSG]," he said.
"He has outdone the €43 million (£37m) that we got for Javier Pastore when we sold him to PSG," Zamparini told Radio Radio.
"De Laurentiis had to make this deal. He did well to say that he wanted a transfer fee like this.
"Cavani is a unique player. He couldn't stay at Napoli because he has to think about his career and PSG are offering him €8m (£6.9m) per year."
Chelsea were strongly linked with a move for Cavani, who scored 29 goals in Serie A last season, but look set to miss out on the 26 year old with attention now turning to alternative target Christian Benteke.
The Belgian enjoyed a fruitful first season in the Premier League, scoring 19 goals for Aston Villa to help Paul Lambert's side avoid relegation to the Championship.
Romelu Lukaku has returned from his successful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion and Jose Mourinho has promised the 20 year old first team football next season, raising the possibility that with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba both in the squad also, that Chelsea will resist in signing an out-and-out forward in the summer.
Andre Schurle and Marco van Ginkel have already arrived from Schalke and Vitesse Arnhem respectively as Chelsea's only two summer signings so far.