Chelsea’s bid for striker confirmed but his side will hold out for a hefty fee

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Chelsea have made a move to sign Colombian striker Luis Muriel according to his side Sampdoria, report IBTimes.

IBTimes report that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that the Blues had submitted an offer for Muriel, but insists that the Italian side will not sell for less than his £30.5 million buyout clause.

It is also reported by IBTimes that Chelsea will face competition from Napoli, as they look to bolster their attack after Arkadiusz Milik ruptured his ACL. It is claimed that they were told by their Serie A competitors that the striker is not for sale.

Chelsea have had no troubles in the striker department so far this campaign, Diego Costa and been scoring for fun with Michy Batshuayi providing quality in reserve. However, The Independent have reported that Costa has suffered a groin injury, which leaves Batshuayi as the only first-team striker among Antonio Conte’s ranks.

Costa has struggled to stay both injury and suspension free since moving to England in the summer of 2014. Conte may look to increase the depth in the Blues’ forward line – could Muriel be the answer?

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