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Chelsea look for another summer striker signing in Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Chelsea are looking to add some serious firepower to their forward line this summer and are looking to make further additions after reports suggested they have already agreed a £32million deal in principle for star Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho wants more recruits to strengthen the Stamford Bridge attack and sees Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi as the perfect addition. Chelsea are expected to have a busy summer transfer window as they look to make amends for a trophyless season and PSG could be the source for much of that business.

David Luiz this week confirmed that he was leaving Chelsea to join PSG in a deal that is reported to be worth as much as £50million after various add-ons. This money means they should be more than capable signing Diego Costa and staying within Financial Fair Play regulations imposed by UEFA.

However, a move for Lavezzi would most likely mean more sales and the report in Italian newspaper claims Fernando Torres could be offloaded to raise extra funds. However, in what would likely be more concerning news, Gazzetta also claim that Eden Hazard is another candidate to be used to raise funds.

Mourinho and the Belgium international had something of a public falling out following the Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid earlier this month, which led to a number of reports that Hazard's future is in doubt. PSG manager Laurent Blanc then publicly stated having an interest in the 23-year-old, which led to further speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge.

Lavezzi is playing regularly at Parc des Princes but rarely completes 90 minutes and is most certainly behind both Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the pecking order for places in attack. He has an incredibly good work rate and is an extremely talented player, which is the kind of mix of skill and industry that Mourinho loves in players.

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