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Chelsea target Lavezzi as they prepare to listen to Oscar offers

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.
The Londoners made an enquiry for
Argentine attacking midfielder
Lavezzi ahead of their Champions
League quarter-final clash with the
French champions.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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