English newspapers maintain Chelsea are prepared to pay £60m (€75m) for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
According to the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho’s side believe the 21-year-old Frenchman is the ideal replacement for Frank Lampard.
This would be a new transfer record for Chelsea, surpassing the £50m they paid for Fernando Torres in 2011.
However, that figure is still below the Juve asking price of €100m (£80m).
The Bianconeri snapped Pogba up on a free transfer when he failed to agree a new contract with Manchester United.
He is now at the centre of a bidding war between Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Arsenal and his old club Manchester United.
Roman Abramovich is spending big this summer, as he has already signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona for £30m and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is on the verge of a similar switch.
The Stamford Bridge side has fresh funds from selling Juan Mata to Manchester United and David Luiz to PSG for a combined £97m.