Chelsea’s hopes of signing Ezequiel Lavezzi this summer have been boosted with the news that Paris Saint-Germain could sell the Argentina international in order to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
French champions PSG must reduce their wage bill to avoid punishment and will consider selling 29-year-old Lavezzi, who arrived at the Parc des Princes in a £24m deal two years ago but is reportedly keen to join the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
talkSPORT claim Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may opt to sign Lavezzi and another striker - thought to be Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa - this summer. Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku could all leave the west London outfit at the end of the season, leaving Chelsea without a recognised centre-forward in their first-team squad.
Lavezzi made a big impression against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals last month, scoring the first goal in the first leg and proving a constant thorn in the Blues’ side. However, at the age of 29, Mourinho might decide to look at younger options before submitting a formal offer for the South American who has scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for PSG this season.
Chelsea are set to end the season without a trophy following Sunday’s 0-0 Premier League draw against Norwich City and last week’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.
But Mourinho is confident that, with the right additions to his squad, Chelsea will be in a much better position to compete for silverware next season.