CHELSEA have been handed a boost by the news that Inter Milan have reportedly rejected Paris Saint-Germain's bid for striker Mauro Icardi.
Icardi's loan side PSG offered Inter £54million for the Argentine but Antonio Conte's side turned them down.
The offer consisted of £44.7m up front plus a further £8.9m in add-ons as the French club look to make the 27-year-old's deal permanent.
But according to Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport, Inter will not budge from their demands in the region of £62m.
The Serie A side expect an initial offer of £54m to be topped up by add-ons worth £8m.
Icardi moved to Ligue 1 in the summer on loan and that deal included an option to buy at £62.7m in order to bring the Argentine to the Parc des Princes permanently.
However, PSG are confident in knocking Inter down in negotiations given the backdrop of the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Icardi is signed to Inter until summer 2022 but has impressed in France this season, scoring 20 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
If PSG cannot agree a price for Icardi then it will be good news for Chelsea who will be looking to bolster their resources this summer after making no January signings in the first window since their transfer ban expired.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is thought to be keen on strengthening his forward ranks and missed out on a last-gasp deal to sign Napoli ace Dries Mertens in January and the club are rumoured to be monitoring Icardi's situation.
One person heavily involved in any potential deal is Icardi's stunning wife and agent Wanda Nara.
Wanda is not afraid to court controversy and has already left her mark during the gorgeous couple's short stay in the French capital.