Chelsea are ready to bring former player David Luiz, 29, back to Stamford Bridge with a sensational £32m bid being prepared.
Antonio Conte has scoured Europe in a bid to strengthen his defence but has so far been rebuffed at every turn.
Napoli rejected every offer for Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, whilst AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli, 21, has admitted that it is “90% certain” he will stay in Serie A for this season.
Loan deals have proven equally frustrating with Chelsea unable to solve their defensive problems with a short-term fix.
However, the Blues received encouragement from the French capital when they enquired about a deal for the Paris St Germain centre back and are eager to reach agreement before the transfer window closes.
Luiz left west London two years ago in a £50m deal, a world record fee for a defender, but is open to a Premier League return.
Since moving to Paris, he has won back-to-back Ligue Un titles but PSG have yet to progress beyond the last eight of the Champions League.
The Brazilian international has never won the Premier League title despite an impressive medal haul during his career which Chelsea are offering him the chance to do.
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