Chelsea ready to sign Carlos Bacca from AC Milan for £30m
Chelsea are preparing a £30m bid for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, as they look to add to their options up front.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims Chelsea will try and get a deal done this month for the striker, who crucially would not be cup-tied for the Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Milan have not played in European competition so Bacca would be free to line up against the French side, and would provide much-needed competition for Diego Costa.
Bacca only joined Milan this summer after a successful spell with Sevilla, and has scored nine goals in 21 appearances for the Rossoneri.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira.
The Star reports that the Blues have made a £30m for the Brazilian and are confident they will land their man before the end of the month.
Teixeira has scored a magnificent 26 goals in 26 appearances this season, and the Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu admitted he would be powerless to stop the 26-year-old leaving if the right offer came in.
"If there is an offer that will satisfy both player and the club I will fully support his move," said Lucescu.
One player who looks unlikely to join Chelsea is Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato .
The Brazilian had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but according to the Daily Star he will join Liverpool instead.
In managerial news, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Manuel Pellegrini will be approached for the Chelsea job once he is replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Balague tweeted: "Pellegrini will get told about Pep when he signs 4 City (HE HASNT SIGNED ANYTHING YET but he will). Then he'll consider offers, inc. Chelsea."
Guus Hiddink is currently in charge of Chelsea on an interim basis, but Roman Abramovich will appoint a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.