Stamford Bridge side close in on Celta Vigo forward.
According to Spanish daily Marca Chelsea are ready to stump up the required €10m (£8.2m) fee to trigger the release clause in their pursuit of in-form Spanish striker Iago Aspas.
The West London side continue to track potential striking additions despite the recent signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle United, who was also the subject of a release clause purchase.
Aspas is in the form of his life having scored eight goals in La Liga this term following a 23 goal haul last term that helped secure promotion to the top tier for his Celta Vigo side.
The 25 year old has risen through the ranks at Celta Vigo in a sedate manner but has hit a rich vein of form over the past 18 months that has led to a great deal of interest in his services.
Chelsea’s interest in Aspas could be considered something of a stop-gap signing before the summer when Roman Abramovich may elect to bring in a big name striking addition as Fernando Torres continues to struggle to put an extended run of form together.
Torres managed seven goals in six games following Rafa Benitez’s arrival but has subsequently failed to net in his last five appearances.
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