While Chelsea have made a major splash in the transfer market this summer, it will be only too apparent to coach Roberto Di Matteo that the squad still remains thin in some key areas.
Perhaps most evident is the Blues' scarcity of options up front. With Didier Drogba departing and Romelu Lukaku joining West Brom on a season-long loan, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge are the only established options to fill a striking role.
To the disappointment of Chelsea, Javier Hernandez is said to welcome the competition brought on by Robin van Persie's arrival at Manchester United.
With that in mind, reports emerged on Friday that Chelsea had made an approach to Manchester United for their front man Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.
The story comes from ESPN, who also claim that United swiftly dismissed Chelsea's interest. The move makes sense for Chelsea, especially given Robin van Persie's arrival at Old Trafford that will likely leave Hernandez struggling for first-team minutes this season.
However, Hernandez's agent has said that the Mexico international is eager to stay and fight for his place.
"Incorporating van Persie on the team reinforces the strike force," Eduardo Hernandez told El Universal. "There will be more internal competition and Javier is a professional and he knows he will have to face this situation."
"We are not looking to leave, unless the club tells us otherwise, a situation we have not received from their side," he added. "There is a contract and Javier will look to meet it. Manchester's people are honorable and they have told us nothing to the contrary."
Even if Hernandez does decide it is right to move on at some stage, it is difficulty to envisage Sir Alex Ferguson allowing the player to move to one of United's biggest rivals.
Chelsea also remain keen to add a right-back to their squad. Marseille's right-back Cesar Azpilicueta emerged as Chelsea's first choice several weeks ago, but a deal could now finally be close.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Spaniard's signing will be completed imminently for £7 million.
One Chelsea target that doesn't appear any closer to moving to Stamford Bridge, though, is Victor Moses. The Blues are reported to have had several offers rejected for the 21-year-old wide man, whose contract is due to expire in less than 12 months.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan has driven a hard bargain for the club's prized asset and boss Roberto Martinez has said that Moses remains firmly in his plans ahead of the new season.
"I spoke with him [Moses] and told him he should be very proud, as a footballer at 21, to get the interest he has had," Martinez said, according to the Daily Mail. "It's something to be happy and extremely proud about and is a football compliment."
"But, if you don't meet a valuation, it becomes paper talk and speculation. He is a young man and he knows what he did from December to the end of the season was a great level of performance.
"He can take it on to the next level and I am very excited to have Victor at Wigan, and I hope we can keep him for many years to come. Victor is fit and available for the squad and that's what matters."
In other news, Tottenham are said to be interested in Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, according to the Daily Mirror.
New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas brought Meireles to Stamford Bridge in his time in charge last summer and now is thought to view the Portuguese international as a replacement for Luka Modric. With Villas-Boas also having sold Meireles to Liverpool from Porto the previous summer, it would represent surely a unique treble for the pair.
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