Chelsea and Monaco are expected to continue talks this week over the possible transfer of Radamel Falcao.
Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev is understood to have already met Valencia and Juventus about the possibility of selling the Colombian, with Monaco looking to recoup around £25m.
Chelsea want two strikers following Didier Drogba’s departure with Falcao and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke on their list. Benteke wants to play in European competition but would prefer to stay in the Premier League too.
However, Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to battle with his former club Chelsea for the signature of the Colombia Falcao, according to reports in Russia.
Villas-Boas wants the striker to join him at Zenit St Petersburg and reunite a clutch of players who led Porto to Europa League success in 2011.
The Russian champions are keen on a double deal for Monaco’s Falcao and Joao Moutinho, reports Sports Daily – a St Petersburg newspaper with strong links to Zenit.
Monaco are ready to cut their losses on Falcao after Manchester United turned down the chance to turn his loan deal permanent for £40m (Sh5.9bn) last month. But the Ligue 1 club want around £32m (Sh4.7bn) despite interested parties valuing him closer to £25m (Sh3.7bn).
The 29-year-old has attracted interest from Valencia and Juventus, as well as Chelsea, but Villas-Boas will push the argument that he is the best man to revive Falcao’s career after their successful time together in Portugal.
The once prolific striker would be able to team up once more with Brazil striker Hulk and, it is hoped, be supported by creative midfielder Moutinho. The trio were key in Porto’s glorious 2010-11 season, which earned Falcao a move a Atletico Madrid and Villas-Boas the Chelsea manager’s job.
Zenit are ready to spend big again this summer as they seek to be more competitive in the Champions League.
But any deal will hinge on Villas-Boas continuing at the club, with reports in Italy claiming he is wanted by AC Milan.