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Chelsea keen on Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi - sources

Chelsea have identified Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as one of their main summer targets, sources have told ESPN FC.

Jose Mourinho will look to bolster his strikeforce again in the transfer window given some of the selection issues he's had following the injuries to Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba in the past few weeks.

Sources told ESPN FC that there has been initial contact between the London club and Inter over the 22-year-old, who has scored 16 league goals in 29 games so far this season, although Chelsea are looking at a few options.

This season has seen Drogba's role increasingly reduced and those around the club say it would be a surprise if the 37-year-old was expected to play the same bit-part role, despite the striker saying he plans to play on next season.

Mourinho would not elaborate when asked about the Ivorian's future following Chelsea's 2-1 win over Stoke City, which marked a digression from the definite way he spoke about how John Terry would be given a new contract.

With Chelsea weighing up their next move, Icardi is viewed as an option that would suit Mourinho: an abrasive forward who fits many of the Portuguese manager's ideals.

Sources also told ESPN FC that the club will try and sign a full-back, two back-up goalkeepers in the event of Petr Cech's likely departure, and maybe another midfielder depending on exits.


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