Chelsea are preparing a summer bid to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to the Express.
The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for the Ligue 1 champions this season and has already scored 10 goals. This includes a strike in PSG's 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the quarter-final tie of the Champions League at Parc des Princes.
The report claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's representatives and Lavezzi's agent have already held negotiations on bringing the forward to Stamford Bridge. The west London club need a striker in the summer transfer window and a move for PSG star could not solve their striker crisis.
The Blues manager, Jose Mourinho, has long been interested in signing Lavezzi. Chelsea have already opened talks with the French club over signing the Argentine international at the end of the season.
Lavezzi joined the Paris club in the summer of 2012 and Chelsea were keen on landing him while he was with Napoli. The Blues have now re-kindled their interest in signing their former target in the upcoming transfer window.
The Metro reports PSG are interested in signing Chelsea defender David Luiz. A player-plus-cash deal could be a possibility, which could see the Brazil international join Laurent Blanc's side, while allowing Lavezzi move in the opposite direction.
Mourinho is reportedly planning a massive clear-out in the summer, which could see the club's four strikers Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku leave the club. The Belgium international is currently on a season-long loan at Everton.
The Portuguese tactician has admitted that he is keen on strengthening his side's strike force, which has been below par throughout the season in all competitions. The latest includes a poor display against PSG in the Champions League fixture.
"I don't think it's the moment to speak about next season and the market but it's clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring a striker," Mourinho explained.