Chelsea have reportedly approached French international Antoine Griezmann, 25, ahead of a transfer this summer.
The Blues will be looking to offload Diego Costa, Falcao and Pato off their wage bill and plan to put the bulk of that saving into a deal for Griezman.
Atletico Madrid had previously ruled out the sale of Griezmann, however with the club in financial difficulties the Chelsea hierarchy feel they have a chance.
The attacking midfielder has been in devastating form this season, scoring 29 goals in 46 games.
With Atletico still in the Champions League having reached the semi finals, and in the hunt for the La Liga title, it is by no means certain Griezmann would want to join Chelsea.
It will be left to incoming boss Antonio Conte to convince Griezmann that his future lies in London with Chelsea.
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