Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a summer bid for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.
The former Premier League champions have endured a miserable season and Saturday’s 3-2 defeat away at Sunderland was their 12th of the campaign.
European football will not be witnessed at Stamford Bridge next term and a big rebuilding process is expected this summer, with several players likely to be shipped out.
Ex-England international John Terry is one on the chopping block, while John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Thibaut Courtois are all being tipped to leave.
Incoming manager Antonio Conte, who will take charge after Italy’s Euro 2016 quest, has a lot of work on his hands but thoughts are already turning towards potential new arrivals, with Pelle being linked.
The 30-year-old striker, who has been at St Mary’s since 2014, has been a favourite under Conte for the Azzurri and featured heavily in qualifying for the major tournament in France this summer.
Chelsea are now said to be considering an offer for the Saints ace as the club look to add some more attacking talent to their squad.