Stamford Bridge side hope to beat Swansea City to signing of Eredivisie striker.
Chelsea are reportedly keen on Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfried Bony and may well look to sign the Ivory Coast international despite reports that the Eredivisie goal machine could be set to join Swansea City.
The Guardian claim that the West London side could look to take advantage of the strong relationship between the club owners, Roman Abramovich and his Vitesse Arnhem counterpart Merab Jordania.
Bony netted 31 goals in 30 appearances for Vitesse in the Eredivisie last term has spoken publicly of his excitement ahead of a possible £10.2m move to the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup is keen to bring in Bony and the South Wales side are waiting to see if their offer is to be accepted by Vitesse Arnhem, who may well be hoping to spark a bidding war.
Newcastle United are also said to be interested in the former Sparta Prague man who appears to be leaning towards a move to Swansea.
“The clubs are now talking,” Bony said.
“Swansea is a wonderful club that plays attractive football. It’s my chance to play in the Premier League. I understand from my agent Swansea have €12m. That’s the amount Vitesse wants. I hope there is some good news soon.”
Michael Laudrup may see Bony as an ideal attacking partner for Spaniard Michu whilst Chelsea are seemingly keen on bringing in fresh striking options following the very average displays put in by Fernando Torres and Demba Ba last term.