Chelsea are considering signing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as an alternative for Barcelona forward Pedro, who could end up staying at the Camp Nou depending on the outcome of the presidential elections.
Joan Laporta plans to keep the unsettled Pedro if he wins the election, although the Spanish forward can still leave the Camp Nou if a club triggers his €30 million release clause.
Chelsea are reluctant to pay such a high fee for the 27-year-old - although Liverpool are keen to stump up the cash in order to bring him to Anfield this summer.
Newcastle United still hope to announce the signing of Mitrovic, but the 20-year-old is yet to give a final answer to the Magpies as other clubs - including Chelsea - weigh up a move for the £15 million-rated Serbia international.
That his compatriots Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic ply their trade at Stamford Bridge could make Chelsea the more appealing option to the youngster - not to mention the opportunity to win major trophies and compete in the Champions League.
Mitrovic would be back-up for Chelsea
But Newcastle are offering Mitrovic a guaranteed place in the first-team, whereas Chelsea want him as a back-up option for both Diego Costa and loan signing Radamel Falcao.
This latest report comes courtesy of the Daily Star’s chief football reporter David Woods, who understands Mitrovic wants £60,000-a-week plus bonuses from his next employers. The youngster has been watched extensively by the Blues and has impressed scouts.
It could prove to be a bargain deal for Chelsea; Mitrovic scored 28 goals in 51 appearances for Anderlecht last season and was named as the best player at the UEFA European Under-19 Championships two years ago.
Better than Romelu Lukaku?
Mitrovic scored eight more goals last season than Romelu Lukaku managed in his best season with Anderlecht before securing a £17 million move to Chelsea in the summer of 2011.
The signing of Lukaku did not pan out as Chelsea hoped it would, although the fact they sold him for an £11 million profit to Everton last summer means the transfer was far from a disaster for the Blues.
If, as expected, Loic Remy leaves Stamford Bridge before the start of the season, Mitrovic could be a very useful replacement, particularly if the Falcao gamble back-fires.
Mourinho has taken a chance on the Colombia international, who scored a pitiful four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United last season.
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