Chelsea are cautiously optimistic Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi will reject a new contract with the Serie A club in favour of a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
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However, the London Evening Standard say the club are fearful they will be priced out of any move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba.
Chelsea are looking to improve their frontline options in the summer after a season of having to rely on Loic Remy and a 37-year-old Didier Drogba as back-ups to Diego Costa.
Icardi is sees as an ideal addition having scored 20 goals so far this season for Inter and the Argentine is aware of the Blues interest, and – in a move than will only encourage – has not yet put pen to paper on a new deal, despite the Italian side’s confidence last month one had been agreed.
The west London club would be willing to significantly supersede Inter’s current offer on the table of a wage packet of around £38,000 per-week after tax, and think that puts them in good stead to get their man.
However, there’s less positive news in the race for Paul Pogba who Chelsea believe, with a valuation of around £60 million, could be out of their price range with big-bucks, Ligue 1 Champions PSG and Real Madrid hovering.