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Mourinho targets £110m triple striker swoop

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Hulk is aware of Chelsea's interest (©GettyImages)
Hulk is aware of Chelsea's interest (©GettyImages).

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has targeted £110m worth of new striking talent to fire the Blues to the Premier League title next season.

According to the Daily Mail, shortly after submitting a £34.9m offer for Brazil international Hulk the Stamford Bridge club immediately opened talks with Napoli over a £50m move for Edinson Cavani.

And Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic remains on the back burner, with Mourinho reportedly confident of beating Serie 'A' champions Juventus to the Montenegrin. 

The £25m-rated forward scored 13 goals in the Italian top flight last season, and has also attracted attention from Arsenal.

And the Blues can also expect to face intense competition for Cavani. The Uruguayan international has been strongly linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City, and the Daily Mail report claims Mourinho has even lined up City's Edin Dzeko as a back-up target.

A Dzeko-Cavani swap deal has not been completely ruled out by either party, but the report claims it's unlikely.

The Blues have now reportedly opened talks with Napoli, something Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admitted he expected to happen earlier this week.

Speaking to Radio Marte, as reported by ESPN, De Laurentiis said: "There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they'll call me in the next few hours.

"I'll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves he will be adequately replaced."

Negotiations for Hulk reportedly began this week with Chelsea's initial offer - one that was rebuffed. Zenit are believed to be demanding at least £44m for the Brazilian as they look to recoup the fee they paid Porto for his services last year.

But Chelsea hope Hulk's eagerness to make the switch to Stamford Bridge will put them in the strongest possible negotiating position. 

The report claims Chelsea will leave the offer on the table in the hope that a lack of alternative bids coupled with Hulk's willingness to leave will force Zenit to reconsider.

The Brazilian is thought to be keen to work with Mourinho, and recently confirmed he was aware of Chelsea interest in him.

Such aggressive activity in the transfer market casts doubt on the future of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba though. Chelsea's current first-choice strikers may feel frozen out should Mourinho complete the triple capture, and neither would likely be satisfied with a place on the bench.

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