Napoli are willing to drop the price for Maurizio Sarri to £4.5million to encourage Chelsea to appoint their former coach.
Sarri has already been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at the Serie A club but remains under contract for another two years.
A £7m buyout clause in his deal expired on May 31 – and Napoli are left with the prospect of paying him for two more years after potential moves to Borussia Dortmund, Zenit St Petersburg and Real Madrid fell through.
Chelsea are interested in adding Spain defender Raul Albiol to any deal but have still to part company with Antonio Conte.
Former France and PSG coach Laurent Blanc remains a fallback option, while Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is now in the mix too.
Blues want to sign Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic.
The 27-year-old ex-Manchester City centre-back has been at Atletico for three seasons since joining from Fiorentina in 2015.
Chelsea demand club-record fee for ace from Premier League rivals
Chelsea have plenty of work to do in the summer transfer window and, while the focus will orientate around incoming deals, there’s also set to be a number of outgoings from Stamford Bridge.
One player widely linked with a departure in the coming months is Brazil ace Kenedy, who spent the second-half of last season on-loan with Newcastle United and helped to push the Magpies towards Premier League safety.
Rafael Benitez’s side are keen to sign Kenedy again next season, ideally on a loan due to their limited finances, but The Chronicle states Chelsea are looking to offload the 22-year-old on a permanent basis.
The Blues are said to value Kenedy at around £20m, which means that Newcastle will have to set a new club-record amount in the market if they’re to bring the South American starlet to St. James’ Park.
A number of other sides are also keen on Kenedy’s services, including the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich, so Chelsea can expect at least one club to match their demands.