Chelsea look set to fail with a loan bid for Edinson Cavani and are already scouring the market for alternatives.
Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury, although it is not expected to keep him out long term, has focused minds at Stamford Bridge.
And the Blues have now made a £5m loan bid to land unsettled Paris Saint-Germain veteran Cavani, whose mammoth £360,000 wages they have pledged to cover in full.
Chelsea are trying to hijack Atletico Madrid’s move for the player, which has stalled over PSG’s demands for as much as £25m to let him leave on a permanent transfer.
But the 32-year-old is understood to prefer Atletico and has already agreed terms on a contract with the Spanish club, whose manager Diego Simeone has been chasing him for months.
England striker Abraham will undergo a scan on the injury he suffered in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal, and is set to miss Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Hull.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he has faith in understudy Michy Batshuayi to fill the void should the club fail to sign a striker after having their transfer ban overturned.
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But he is a big admirer of Cavani, who will become a free agent in the summer and is also on Manchester United’s radar.
And if Chelsea’s loan bid for the Uruguay star fails, they are determined to bring in an alternative with a top-four finish hanging in the balance.
Unusually, Cavani’s mother and father BOTH spoke out on their son’s future yesterday – insisting he wants to move to Madrid.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Edinson Cavani
Berta Gomez said: “PSG have rejected three proposals from Atletico but my son has asked to leave and we are waiting for an agreement to be reached by both clubs.
“It’s complicated but he…