Chelsea have failed with a £63m offer for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy.
Tuttosport, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Premier League champions made a substantial offer for the Italy international.
However, the same article states that Belotti’s employers Torino rejected the approach for one of Serie A’s most-prolific strikers.
According to the story in the Italian media outlet, Chelsea will have to activate Belotti’s £88m contract release clause if the Blues want to secure the centre-forward’s signature.
The 23-year-old striker enjoyed a breakthrough season at Torino last term after Belotti scored 26 times and made seven assists in 36 appearances in the Italian top flight last term.
Belotti was linked with a potential move to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester United earlier this summer before Jose Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
Chelsea have signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in the summer transfer window so far.
The Blues suffered a surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening Premier League fixture of the 2017-18 campaign.
Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill were both sent off to leave the defending champions without the experienced pair for their trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.