Chelsea have launched a loan offer for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.
Frank Lampard faces fierce competition from Atletico Madrid though, with the La Liga giants in pole position to land the Uruguayan.
According to The Times, the Blues have made an initial loan offer for the 32-year-old in which they have proposed to cover his wages.
Cavani currently earns in excess of £360,000 a week meaning Chelsea would pay a total of £7.2million in wages.
They would need to table a further £5m fee to secure the signing of the striker.
PSG are demanding £17m to let Cavani leave the French capital this month and have already turned down an offer of £8.5m from Atletico Madrid.
GoalBall understands that Cavani prefers a move to Spain.
Lampard couldn’t help but reveal his admiration for the former Napoli man when asked about links on Monday.
“He’s a great player. I played against him and always loved his mentality and attitude, and his scoring record speaks for itself,” said Lampard.
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.
“The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from because sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that’s the case then that may help us.”