Chelsea are eyeing up Barcelona’s Denis Suarez as a replacement up top for Michy Batshuayi.
Batshuayi is a regular benchwarmer for the Blues and is likely to want a move this month to give himself a shot at getting in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
Chelsea are said to be open to letting him go on loan – but only if a replacement can be found.
And it’s claimed they’ve now identified someone to come in, although not as a like-for-like replacement.
Ian McGarry said on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast: “Chelsea have been looking to add more firepower since the summer window.
“Antonio Conte was prepared to give Michy Batshuayi a chance to prove himself but that’s proven not to have worked out.
“If Batshuayi wants to leave in order to prove himself for a place in Belgium’s squad at the World Cup, then that would happen, as long as Chelsea can get someone in.
“What they haven’t found in a natural goalscoring striker and instead have turned their attention to a Barcelona player who is available for transfer – Denis Suarez.
“He’s a player they (Barcelona) let go with a buy-back clause and because he was playing so well in La Liga they did buy him back.
“He made an instant impression but has since fallen out of favour and is available for transfer.
“He’s very much in the mould of Barcelona’ current attacking midfielders such as Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard – not an out-and-out striker but certainly someone who can get goals.”