Chelsea will reportedly attempt to use Mohamed Salah as bait to persuade Atletico Madrid to sell Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann is thought to be on Jose Mourinho’s summer wish-list after a 26-goal season in his first year at Atletico.
The France international apparently has a £43.5m release clause in his contract, but Chelsea don’t want to stump up the cash.
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Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the Premier League champions will offer Salah to Madrid in order to knock down the price.
The Egyptian winger is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and Fiorentina, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, retain the option loan him again.
But Chelsea are able to opt out of that agreement if they can agree the permanent transfer of Salah, who has made just 19 appearances for the Blues since joining for £11m from Basel in January 2014.
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with a strong interest in the pacey 23-year-old and were said to be preparing a £25m bid, while Juventus and Inter Milan are also said to be admirers.