Chelsea are pondering over whether to end their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk after both moves stalled due to financial reasons the Daily Mail reports.
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is working frantically to bring a new striker in before the transfer window snaps shut after losing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou earlier this summer.
The South Americans have been on Di Matteo’s radar for much of the summer but is now said to be on the verge of withdrawing his interest in the pair.
Napoli frontman Cavani is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge but insists he will only move to West London if he is installed as one of the clubs highest earners on £150,000-per-week.
The Champions League winners are reluctant to bow to the Uruguay international’s demands and it’s understood technical director Michael Emenalo has advised his representatives that the move is off until they can come to an agreement over his salary.
Hulk’s situation is slightly less complicated with owner Roman Abramovich unwilling to meet Porto’s asking price for the Brazilian striker after spending over £70 million in pre-season already on Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar
The Portuguese giants are reportedly holding out for one of his potential suitors to match the £80m release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract but are prepared to accept £38m as the player is keen to leave.
“I have left the door open to be transferred,” he said.
“My preference is to play in England or Spain because they are the most watched league in the world. Now is a great time for me to move.”
Abramovich is open to splashing out on a top quality striker to fire Chelsea back into contention for the Premier League title but won’t be held to ransom by neither club or player and could urge Di Matteo to look elsewhere.