Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the summer.
That's according to Spanish outlet Todo Mercado Web (via Luke Gardener in the Daily Star), which reported the Blues are set to offer the forward a "mammoth contract" in order to beat Manchester United, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Juventus to his signing.
The Blues are desperately in need of added firepower up front to aid and compete with Diego Costa, and Cavani is a top-class striker with a 2015-16 Ligue 1 tally of 11 goals in 22 matches, per WhoScored.com.
Further proof, as if it were needed, of the 29-year-old's abilities came on Tuesday, when he netted a potentially crucial late winner for PSG against Chelsea in the first leg of their last-16 UEFA Champions League tie, per BT Sport:
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Cavani's contract with PSG runs until 2018, but he has long been rumoured to be unhappy at the Parc des Princes, where he is often played on the flank to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Daily Mail (h/t ESPN) reported in January 2014 that Cavani wanted to join Manchester United despite only arriving in Paris the previous summer.
His father recently told Israeli TV station Sport 5 (h/t Hamish Mackay in the Mirror) Cavani remains unhappy with having to play out wide.
However, Luis Cavani did not name Chelsea as one of the clubs he wanted to see his son move to, instead highlighting Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.
There is little doubt, though, Chelsea could persuade him to move to Stamford Bridge given the money they could offer in regard to both his transfer fee and wages.
Chelsea could afford to meet the asking price but may be loath to spend so much on a player who will be 30 next year.
Elsewhere, Everton are reportedly eyeing Chelsea's back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as a replacement for Tim Howard.
Per B/R's Dean Jones, the American shot-stopper is likely to leave the Toffees this summer to move back home to play in Major League Soccer:
According to Mark Irwin in the Sun, Everton manager Roberto Martinez is set on luring Begovic to Goodison Park with the promise of regular first-team action, as the Bosnian is frustrated playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.
Begovic, 28, only moved to Stamford Bridge from Stoke City on a four-year deal last summer and made a number of first-team appearances early in the Premier League season when Courtois was injured.
However, he has now not appeared in the English top flight since late November, immediately being relegated to the bench for league duties upon the Belgian's return to fitness, a fairly resounding indication of his position in the squad, per WhoScored.com.
Begovic is too good a goalkeeper to spend his time warming the bench, and he could well be tempted by a move to Everton.
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