Chelsea have made an approach for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, Sky sources understand.
The in-demand Uruguay international, who was Serie A's top scorer last season with 29 goals, has been linked with moves to Manchester City , Real Madrid and Paris St Germain as well as Stamford Bridge.
City had appeared frontrunners for Cavani's services but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed last week they had baulked at his £54million price tag.
Chelsea are also loath to meet that buy-out clause and, with Cavani anxious for an end to the uncertainty, it is understood talks between his agent and Napoli officials over his asking price will take place this week.
Speaking after Uruguay's Confederations Cup defeat to Italy, Cavani said: "I want to talk as soon as possible with president De Laurentiis.
"We must clear this (situation up) ourselves. I'll talk with him, as it's done between men, really soon.
"Right now, I'm at Napoli and I'm very proud to be there. If I leave one day...