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Mourinho to target Napoli star as Torres replacement

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Cavani is Chelsea's number one target (©GettyImages)
Cavani is Chelsea's number one target (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho has already drawn up a transfer wishlist to put into operation should he take over at Chelsea this summer, and he's lining up one big-money move - for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani.

According to The Sun, the former-Blues boss is set to return to Stamford Bridge after confirmation on Monday night of his intention to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season.

And rather than spend Roman Abramovich's riches lavishly this summer, the report claims Mourinho will look to Chelsea's young guard to spearhead a title challenge.

With Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard the new face of Chelsea, Mourinho will continue the refit by incorporating some of the Chelsea loan stars next season. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois have all enjoyed successful campaigns across three different European top flights.

But there will still be room for one big-money signing, and the report claims Mourinho will focus on the recruitment of a new world-class striker.

Napoli forward Edinson Cavani is top of a shortlist that at one time included Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and even Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and Mourinho plainly don't have the best working relationship, and the Portugal international wouldn't follow the 'Special One' to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea feel Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich while Falcao looks set for France - to either Monaco or Paris St Germain.

That leaves Cavani. Fernando Torres will reportedly be made available, and Mourinho will look to replace the Spaniard with the Uruguayan international.

The report claims Demba Ba will definitely have a role to play under Mourinho, while it's unclear whether Lukaku will come back to Stamford Bridge next term or continue his impressive development on loan for another season.

That decision could depend on Chelsea's pursuit of Cavani, and their ability to wrap up a deal for Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle. If they manage to conclude both deals, the need for Lukaku would not be quite as pressing.

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