Chelsea are keen to sign Edinson Cavani this month, and have reportedly submitted a loan bid to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Blues have acknowledged that they are in desperate need of reinforcements in attacking areas, after the disappointing recent results against Newcastle and Arsenal.
And with Cavani out of contract in the summer in the French capital, the forward has been heavily linked with a move away.
According to The Times, Chelsea are attempting to seal a deal which would see Cavani move to Stamford Bridge until the end of the season.
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The report claims Chelsea are willing to pay a loan fee of £5 million and would cover the striker’s £360,000-a-week wages until his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
However, any potential move to bring Cavani to west London could hinge on the Blues’ ability to sell Olivier Giroud to raise funds.
The France striker is ready to quit Chelsea this month in search of regular first team football ahead of the European Championships in the summer.
Inter Milan have been closely linked with the former Arsenal forward, but according to Sky Sports Italia, Antonio Conte’s side are closing in on a deal to sign Fernando Llorente from Napoli on loan, with Matteo Politano agreeing a £20million move the other way.
This could spell the end of Inter’s interest in Giroud, and therefore present a problem for Chelsea in their pursuit of Cavani.
Speaking before the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Arsenal, Frank Lampard refused to rule out a January move for Cavani.
“He’s a great player; I played against him and always loved his mentality and attitude, and his scoring record speaks for itself,” Lampard said.
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.
“The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from,…