Chelsea are monitoring Jose Callejon and could launch summer bid

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Premier League title contenders Chelsea could be set to bid for Napoli forward Jose Callejon this summer.

According to reports from talkSPORT, the Blues are monitoring the former Real Madrid man - who worked with Jose Mourinho during his time in Spain - with view to launching a possible move during the next transfer window.

Chelsea's desire to recruit at least one new top-class striker this summer is certainly no secret, with the club having released Samuel Eto'o following the expiration of his one-year contract at Stamford Bridge and the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba having hardly proved their worth as capable long-term options.

Mourinho could be boosted by the return of Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku from his season-long loan spell at Everton, although it remains somewhat of a mystery as to whether the former Anderlecht man will feature prominently in Chelsea's plans for the 2014/15 campaign or if the club will be content to see him depart for good without ever really having given him the chance to impress in West London.

While transfer speculation earlier this month insinuated strongly that the club had already agreed a deal to sign Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, it could well be that Mourinho is keen to add more than one new offensive option in order to boost his side's chances of securing the Premier League title next season.

Napoli are unlikely to be content to lose Callejon, however, with the former Spanish U21 international having enjoyed a successful opening stint at the Stadio San Paolo since arriving in Serie A from Real Madrid last summer.

With an impressive record of 15 goals in 37 appearances, Callejon proved crucial to the side under former Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez and one might expect them to demand significant financial compensation in the event that the Blues do make a move for his services.

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