Chelsea look set to muscle in on Newcastle's summer pursuit of Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella.
According to reports in France cited by The Metro, the Blues are ready to bid £7 million for the player and offer wages of approximately £90,000-per-week to ensure that they are able to entice him to Stamford Bridge.
It is also suggested that the player - who does not look likely to sign a new deal with his current employers - is keen on the possibility of linking-up with reputable Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
24-year-old Cabella is highly-rated in his homeland, with the former French U21 international - who has been placed on the standby list for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil - having impressed with his attacking displays at Stade de la Mosson.
Chelsea already a boast a rather formidable collection of attacking midfielders, but the possibility of losing one of either Oscar or Eden Hazard appears to remain a realistic threat with speculation suggesting that reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain could attempt to sign them this summer.
While it is perhaps a tad premature to compare Cabella and Hazard, there are certainly similarities obvious in their respective styles of play.
Having moved to the Premier League from Lille during the summer of 2012, Belgian international Hazard has gone from strength-to-strength at Chelsea, although there has been obvious signs of tension building between him and Mourinho in the media in recent times.
Quite whether Cabella would be afforded regular first-team opportunities to impress in the first-team if Hazard and Oscar were to remain with the Blues remains to be seen, although it became apparent during the final weeks of the 2013/14 campaign that Mourinho will need to strengthen his squad if he wishes to win further trophies during his second spell in West London.
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