Chelsea reportedly made an enquiry over the availability of Paris St-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi during the negotiations over David Luiz’s £48m transfer, with the Blues maintaining an interest in the Argentinian international.
Lavezzi will be focused on the upcoming World Cup having been named in Argentina’s 23-man squad, but he could find himself the subject of a transfer bid from Chelsea upon his return to Paris. The 29-year-old could even find himself part of an offer from PSG for Blues winger Eden Hazard, given that manager Laurent Blanc has openly admitted that the France international is their prime target this summer.
With PSG set to complete the swoop for Luiz later this week – the centre-back tweeted his farewell to fans on Saturday – the two clubs look set to continue negotiations, even though Lavezzi only signed for Parisian side in 2012.
Chelsea officials are believed to have been impressed by Lavezzi over the past few years, with manager Jose Mourinho getting a good look at the forward in the recent Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. He scored in the 3-1 first leg victory that appeared to have put the Parisian club on the verge of the Champions League semi-finals, only to lose 2-0 in the second leg and allow Chelsea to progress to the last four.
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
1/9 Paul Pogba
Former Manchester United midfielder was spotted in west London setting the rumour mill into overdrive. The classy French midfielder, still just 21, impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a blockbuster £60m move to Stamford Bridge, despite the recent arrival of Cesc Fabregas. However, he is also linked with a move to Manchester City as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure.
2/9 Adrien Rabiot
The talented teen put clubs in Europe on alert after rejecting a contract offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea made a move for the Frenchman in January and have gone back in for him, even though he is highly rated by PSG coach Laurent Blanc.
3/9 Sami Khedira
The German midfielder missed five months for Real Madrid's season with a knee injury and has played just 15 games this term. With Madrid reportedly interested in signing new players in central midfield, Khedira's future at the Bernabeu could be at an end. The 27-year-old is interesting Arsenal, but should Chelsea go in for him too, they would be getting a player that Mourinho knows well and real quality in front of the back four, not dissimilar to club legend Claude Makelele.
4/9 Yaya Toure
An outside bet, of course, but with all the drama surrounding the Toure and Manchester City recently, Chelsea could swoop. A powerhouse of a midfielder with a surprisingly deft touch and devastating skill at the dead ball, the 31-year-old would be huge assent to any team in the world. Toure cost City £24million in 2010, so any offer would have to huge from Chelsea if they are to persuade the Sky Blues to sell to a title rival.
Tottenham's summer signing hasn't quite lived up to the form he reached in Brazil's Confederations Cup victory in 2013 and struggled at the World Cup, but he has still performed well enough to have Chelsea and Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services. The 25-year-old would fit in well at Stamford Bridge given the Blues' strong Brazilian contingent already. Paulinho had a mixed first season in the Premier League, scored six goals with three assists last season and not the return Spurs were hoping for, and the lure of Champions League football could persuade the midfielder to switch London clubs.
6/9 Fabio Coentrao
With Ashley Cole having joined Roma and Ryan Bertrand also likely to leave, Jose Mourinho will be in need of a quality, experienced left-back and one possibility is Real Madrid's Coentrao. The 26-year-old came close to joining Manchester United in January and is likely to lose his starting place at Madrid when Marcelo is fully fit again next season. Carlo Ancelotti denies any rumours that the Portuguese defender will leave but if the right offer were to be made by Chelsea, he could be on his way to London and nail down a starting role with ease.
7/9 Edinson Cavani
After a season of playing in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, Cavani looks likely to leave the French side after just one year and become the main man at an English club next season. Chelsea remain interested in the Uruguayan but Chelsea are despite a deal for Diego Costa already complete, but may face competition from Manchester United. The 27-year-old cost PSG €64.5million last summer, so any offer from Mourinho would take a large slice of his funds but with his striking power and goals an almost guarantee, it could be a risk worth going for.
8/9 Radamel Falcao
The Colombian striker did not regain fitness in time for the World Cup but it has given him a good chance to weigh up his future. Seemingly always in transfer rumours despite his €60m switch to Monaco last summer, Falcao is a long-term target of the Blues, though Diego Costa has filled the previously vacant No 9 role. The 28-year-old lit up La Liga during his two seasons with Atlectico Madrid but, mainly because of injury, has failed to live up to his price tag in France. If unrest reports are true, Chelsea could attempt an offer.
9/9 Raphael Varane
Reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid due to his low wages in comparison to his team-mates, the centre back has been linked with a move away. Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs interested in the France international with Jose Mourinho seeing him as a long-term replacement for John Terry.
Should Lavezzi move to Stamford Bridge, the Argentine will likely meet-up with another new striker in Diego Costa, with a £32m move edging towards completion, and Chelsea are said to be confident they will have the transfer sealed before the World Cup begins on June 12.
Mourinho also remains keen on strengthening his defence as he keeps tabs on two of Atletico Madrid’s star names. The La Liga champions lost out in the all-Madrid Champions League final on Saturday, but have impressed many this season in toppling Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish Primera Division this season.
The Blues have been linked with a move for left-back Filipe Luis for some time, given that Ashley Cole has now departed, but they could also look to add right-back Miranda in the summer which would see Mourinho complete a triple-raid on the Spanish champions if he were to pull off all three transfers.
There is also a plan to try and sign Real’s Raphael Verane, although they are rather pessimistic on their chances of getting the Champions League winners to allow the France international to leave.
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