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Chelsea still desperate to bring €100m South American No.9 at Stamford Bridge

With a daunting two-window transfer ban looming over Chelsea, Stamford Bridge club’s current striking options include an ageing duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud while questions are still being asked over Michy Batshuayi.

Tammy Abraham is understood to complete a permanent move away from the Bridge after a string of loans move too, so it is expected the Blues to sign a striker they can rely on this summer.

Mauro Icardi is set to leave Inter Milan as new manager Antonio Conte does not want him as part of his set-up and he has been linked with both Chelsea and bitter rivals Manchester United.

Inter’s rivals Napoli appear to have joined the running though, with Calciomercato claiming Icardi and Torino’s Andrea Belotti, the former is Carlo Ancelotti’s preferred striker target this transfer window.

Mauro Icardi’s €100 million valuation could tilt heads though, and result in San Siro club pursuing cheaper alternatives which would give the Blues a clear route for the 26-year-old striker, but at such a high sum it presents a large risk if all does not go to plan.

The 31-year-old loanee Gonzalo Higuain is anticipated to leave the club if Maurizio Sarri joins Juventus in the summer while 32-year-old backup Olivier Giroud being in the perfect form despite his age.

The Frenchman was in superb form in the Europa League and helped Chelsea beat his former side scoring a goal and capturing a penalty for the Blues.