Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering a blockbuster summer move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, a man who has been persistently linked with Manchester United over the last six months and wants to be the main man at a top European club.
That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that Cavani's disappointment with being forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes could lead to a marquee superstar moving to the Premier League this summer, and if Mourinho gets his way Chelsea rather than United.
Mourinho wants more
Chelsea are openly courting Cavani despite already buying three La Liga stars at a cost of around £80m during the close season, with Cesc Fabreas joined at Stamford Bridge by Atletico Madrid duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.
Costa is the man Mourinho identified as being able to end striking woes which cost Chelsea the chance of an amazing Premier League and Champions League double by fine margins last season, but despite costing £32m the Blues boss would love to make room for Cavani due to a shortage of top forwards in West London.
Mourinho allowed regular reserve Demba Ba to leave for Turkish giants Besiktas yesterday, which means that with veteran forward Samuel Eto'o also moving on Chelsea only have two recognised strikers on their books at this present time, including Costa.
Fernando Torres is Mourinho's only current alternative to Costa heading into the new season, which means if the opportunity to sign another top striker presents itself he has the desire and financial muscle to pounce.
Aside from perhaps Radamel Falcao a stunning swoop for Cavani is just about the most formidable striker Mourinho could capture before the transfer window closes, and right from under the noses of bitter rivals Manchester United.
The 27-year-old scored 25 goals in all competitions during his first season at PSG, but was largely forced to play out wide and is not happy with that situation.
As a result Mourinho is reportedly monitoring the situation very closely and would love to table a formal bid, although for now Chelsea are maintaining a watching brief and preparing for a new campaign with Costa leading the line, barring any spectacular additions in the transfer market.