Chelsea are preparing a summer move for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

The Independent claims Andre Villas-Boas has dispatched scouts to watch the 24-year-old on a number of occasions, with the report going on to claim the player could be a replacement for Ivorian Didier Drogba should he leave at the end of the season.

Whilst his current club is desperate to keep hold of the Uruguayan international, it's suggested that a £35 million bid would be too good for the Serie 'A' side to turn down.

Cavani's addition would also fit with the former Porto manager's new philosophy at Stamford Bridge, with younger players starting to swell the ranks at Chelsea.

Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu were all brought into west London following AVB's arrival in west London, leaving questions over the future of some of the senior players within the Chelsea ranks.

With 33-year-old Drogba's deal set to expire at the end of the season and only a one-year offer expected to be placed in-front of the veteran, possible replacements are being lined-up by the Blues.

And it's Cavani who is now thought to be at the top of the list for Chelsea, who will have to spend big to bring the player to the club.

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