Chelsea will launch a huge bid for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, but only if they can generate enough money from the sale of Loic Remy, reports The Times.
Jose Mourinho is looking to revamp his forward line ahead of next season and is closing in on a loan deal for AS Monaco front man Radamel Falcao.
The Special One won't stop there and has his eye firmly set on a permanent deal for Griezmann and is even willing to meet his £43m release clause to make a deal happen.
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However, with financial fair play still a hot topic at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea must once again turn to player sales to generate the sufficient transfer funds.
Farewell to Loic Remy
That could spell the end of what has been a short stay at Chelsea for Remy, who has been linked with a move across London to both West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Mourinho has been impressed with Remy since signing him from Queens Park Rangers last summer, but the imminent arrival of Falcao has left the France international facing another season on the periphery.
Chelsea know they can recuperate much of the £10.5m they originally paid for Remy and, if they do so, will put the money towards a bid for Griezmann. Mourinho would also claw back £80,000-a-week in wages.
The France international has had two stellar seasons in La Liga, first with Real Sociedad and then with Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone spent £24m to sign Griezmann last summer and he repaid the fee by bagging 22 goals from both a wide and central position.
The 24-year-old's versatility makes him an attractive option for Mourinho as he could be deployed anywhere across the forward line to cover for Eden Hazard, Diego Costa or whoever their preferred right-sided player is.
A big risk
However, there is concern that Griezmann is too slight to make it in the physical game that is the Premier League.
The likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria, both slender themselves, have struggled to adapt in recent seasons with the former having to spend his time bulking up in the gym to compete.
Eden Hazard is one player who bucks the trend and Griezmann could certainly learn plenty of the Belgian should he join the Blues this summer.
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