Chelsea will have to pay over the odds to bring Enner Valencia to Stamford Bridge this summer after West Ham United slapped a whopping £30 million price-tag on the Ecuadorian striker.
The Hammers have no intention of selling a player they signed for £12.5 million last year, despite the fact he contributed just four Premier League goals during his debut campaign at Upton Park.
Valencia impressed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and earned himself a big-money move to England, and according to the Daily Mirror has also caught the eye of Blues boss Jose Mourinho during the past 12 months in east London.
However, the fact the former Pachuca star penned a five-year contract with West Ham means the ball is firmly in the club's court when it comes to the player's future.
Serie 'A' outfit Sampdoria have also been mooted as admirers of the South American but the fact remains that only a massive offer would convince the Hammers to change their current stance and let him leave.
Chelsea's history of paying too much for under-performing talisman (remember £50 million flop Fernando Torres) means that a deal for Valencia should not be ruled out entirely, particularly as he showed signs of promise when playing alongside Diafra Sakho last term.
But, with a going rate of £7.5 million per top-flight goal, surely even Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich will question whether that kind of investment is worthwhile in a relatively unproven marksman, especially after getting ripped off with several other deals in the past.
It remains to be seen whether Valencia will still be a West Ham player in 2015/16, but the fact they secured entry into next season's Europa League after finishing top of the Fair Play table could help keen the 24-year-old happy at the Boleyn.
Sam Allardyce's recent departure upon the expiry of his contract means that there is an element of uncertainty around the club at the moment, but joint owners David Sullivan and David Gold are hoping to announce the appointment of a successor very soon.
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