The Blues have made a move for the Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder and could be ready to sell their Brazilian No.10 if they can make a substantial profit on himBy Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Chelsea have made a renewed attempt to capture Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain as they prepare to listen to offers for Oscar, Goal understands.
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Despite Uefa sanctions over FFP, PSG will continue to make massive investments in the transfer market and will target top players, as demonstrated by the purchase of David Luiz.
As a record signing for a defender, the deal for Luiz is a clear message to Uefa but, as a consequence, PSG will now need to sell to meet the requirements of their player limit of 21 in the Champions League, as well as the imposed salary cap.
In this context, Ezequiel Lavezzi, along with Javier Pastore, is one of the players most likely to leave. The Argentine has never tried to hide his interest in a return to Italy but an attractive bid from a Premier League club may also be a temptation.
Lavezzi's style would be perfect for the Premier League and Jose Mourinho has been a big admirer for a long time now.
Further discussions about Lavezzi were conducted between the two clubs during the negotiations over the transfer of David Luiz, who clinched a £40 million move to PSG last week.
Doubts, meanwhile, have now emerged about the Stamford Bridge future of Oscar, who is expected to play in the No.10 role for hosts Brazil at this summer's World Cup.
Oscar was a key figure for Chelsea in the first half of last season but featured less frequently in the final months of the campaign, prompting questions as to why the playmaker suffered such a dramatic dip in form.
Jose Mourinho has been critical of the consistency of the 23-year-old and suggested that the World Cup in his homeland might have been a distraction that affected his performances.
Juventus and PSG are both monitoring Oscar's situation and Chelsea, who value the midfielder at the £40m mark, could be willing to sell if they can make a big profit on him.
There could be considerable turnover in the Chelsea squad this summer as Mourinho attempts to inject more pace and power into the team ahead of a more concerted Premier League and Champions League challenge next season.
As revealed by Goal, Chelsea have made Juve's Paul Pogba a top target as they prioritise a central midfield partner for January signing Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea face a battle to convince Juve to sell even though they are willing to pay £40m-plus to land the French international two years after he left Manchester United on a free transfer.
Further up the field, Lavezzi's dribbling and powerful running in the wide forward positions also appeals strongly to Mourinho. The Argentine was targeted by Arsenal in January but opted to stay in Paris.
Chelsea want to take Lavezzi to London in a separate deal to the Luiz transfer but the French club are keen to extend his contract, which still has two years to run.
The chances of the Blues enticing the player, who turned 29 earlier this month, are likely to hinge on the contract offer he receives from PSG, with Lavezzi's camp looking for a pay rise taking him up to the £90,000-a-week mark.
PSG may be prepared to use Chelsea’s interest in Lavezzi as part of a big bid to sign one of Oscar or even Eden Hazard, who manager Laurent Blanc has admitted is his main attacking target of the summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident of finalising the £35m transfer of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. Goal revealed last month that the Londoners had agreed the terms of a deal for the striker and the transfer should be completed despite reports in Spain that the player is harbouring reservations about leaving the Liga champions.