Chelsea make formal offer for Real Madrid target with £96m release clause

Chelsea have made a serious statement of intent by submitting a £55million bid for Mauro Icardi as they look to beat Real Madrid to his signature, reports claim.

The Blues are determined to add more firepower to their ranks this summer and Icardi has been identified as the ideal addition.

Icardi has banged in 22 goals in just 26 appearances for the Italian giants this season and has attracted attention from both Antonio Conte’s side and Real Madrid.

But Chelsea have stolen a march on their Spanish transfer rivals by making a formal offer, according to AS. It’s expected that Inter will reject Chelsea’s initial proposal as the 25-year-old has a £96m release clause.

Should the Blues sign him, it will be a second summer in a row where they have spent big on a new frontman as they continue to scour the market for a replacement for Diego Costa.

Alvaro Morata brought Alvaro Morata to the club for £60m but the Spaniard has struggled in recent weeks, scoring just once in 2018.

And Chelsea chiefs believe a more natural goalscorer will be required next season as they plot a bid for the Premier League title.

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