Chelsea boss Antonio Conte eyes £13.5m Serie A swoop for influential attacking ace

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Chelsea are reportedly considering making an offer for Sampdoria forward Luis Muriel as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attacking options.

The Colombian international has six goals and three assists in 13 appearances so far this season, guiding Samp to a decent start to the campaign as they look to start climbing the table after the international break.

His impact since arriving at the club has reportedly led to the two parties considering renegotiating his contract, according to Calciomercato, with the Serie A outfit hoping to insert a buy-out clause of around £25m.

Further, Don Balon have reported that interest from Conte has also forced the club into the situation, as they don’t wish to lose Muriel knowing that it would be difficult for him to turn down Chelsea and the Premier League.

For Chelsea’s part, Conte is still looking to add quality to his squad in that department as he remains short moving forward with just Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi as his experienced options up front.

As noted by Don Balon, Chelsea are considering a bid of around £13.5m, but whether it will be enough to persuade Samp to part company with Muriel remains to be seen as they continue to push to get the release clause in place to protect their own position.

Chelsea suffered from an alarming dip in form last month, but Conte has turned things around dramatically as they have now won five consecutive league games without conceding a goal.

In order to maintain their momentum and continue to make progress in his first season at Stamford Bridge, it’s clear that the club are willing to make moves in the transfer market with Muriel on their radar.

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