Ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in a mega-million deal, Real Madrid was actively looking to make a "Galactico" signing in order to replace the legendary Portuguese. If that's not enough to put the kibosh on a potential sale to Real Madrid, you also have the issue of price.
The Daily Express is reporting that the Italian manager is ready to give the Belgian the captain's armband as he bids to try and convince the 27-year-old to stay at Stamford Bridge for another season.
The Blues look to have done enough to keep hold of Eden Hazard this summer, with reports in Spain suggesting Los Blancos have ended their interest in the attacker.
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Since then, he's helped bring two titles to Chelsea, making over 200 appearances in the top tier, and has become idolised by fans for the electricity he brings onto the pitch.
The Blues have been heavily linked with moves for Higuain and Daniele Rugani in recent weeks.
On the USA tour they will have Borja Mayoral and Raul de Tomas, two strikers with potential but they are not yet ready for a prominent role in the team while Vinicius also is only 18 and a player for the future.
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Here I want to help him and everybody in the club is thinking like me, to help him feel happy and to express his quality with us". He told reporters: "This statement by Ozil and the stance he has taken is completely national and native".
With not long to go before the summer transfer window slams shut in England, Chelsea will have very little time to sign a possible replacement for their talisman.
But they may face some tough competition for the Brazilian's signature now that Real Madrid have entered the race to sign him.
Real's primary target Neymar delivered the first blow to the La Liga giants when he rebuffed all the reports linking him to Real Madrid.
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