Blues striker Tottenham has been eyeing for years
- Chelsea are linked with transfer for Luis Diaz from Porto
- Blues set to race against Tottenham to sign Diaz
- The winger’s agent had previously hinted at a possible transfer
Chelsea are looking to add another striker before the transfer window closes but are expected to beat Tottenham in a potential bidding war.
The Blues are already benefiting from the services of world-class striker Romelu Lukaku.
However, it looks like Thomas Tuchel’s side are not yet done stepping up their attacking prowess and have found another possible addition to FC Porto’s Luis Diaz, Portuguese outlet Maisfutebol reported.
International Business Times could not independently verify this information.
Diaz is currently a “target of interest” among English Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, according to the report.
An offer is expected to be made by the Blues, but the report says Tottenham will be vying for the winger’s signing as well.
Both English clubs have started to monitor Diaz’s situation “closely” after the 24-year-old impressed at this year’s Copa America tournament, having tied Lionel Messi’s total of four goals, added The report.
Although Porto assured Diaz would not be sold cheaply by injecting a € 80million ($ 94million) release clause into his contract, the possibility of his transfer is gaining ground as the report also states that his agent Carlos Van Strahalen has previously been traveling across Europe with England considered to be his current location.
Ahead of the last update on Diaz, Van Strahalen hinted at Porto opening up to letting his client go this summer.
“Clearly, with the great Copa América that Luis [Diaz] has done so, the interest of the clubs has increased but at the moment there is nothing concrete and the player continues to enjoy his holidays with his family and friends, ”Van Strahalen said last month.
“Since before the Copa, several clubs have been following Luis’s process closely thanks to the good numbers he recorded during his two seasons in Portugal, but it is no secret that after the tournament the interest increased, but it was only approaches, ”he continued. “I don’t know anything about Barcelona at the moment.”
As it stands, Chelsea and Tottenham are Diaz’s two favorite landing spots if Porto succeed with a sell.
While both clubs are very capable of signing expensive players, Spurs will likely be more eager to pursue Diaz, having been expected to keep an eye on the player for years.
Diaz continues where he left off in Primeira Liga this season as he has already scored two goals in Porto’s opening three league games.