Villa’s Benteke could be on his way to Chelsea after Mourinho struggles to get Liverpool’s Suarex

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CHELSEA have stepped up their search for a new striker, according to reports today.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22, after missing out on Napoli’s Paris St-Germain bound Edinson Cavani, 26, report the Daily Telegraph.

Benteke last night slapped in a transfer request at Villa.

But the Daily Mirror has a different story, saying that returning Blues boss Mourinho is also lining up a £40m move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26.

Other transfer stories:

Everton are expecting a new bid from Manchester United for defender Leighton Baines, 28. Full story: the Guardian

Barcelona have launched a £30m bid for 26-year-old defender David Luiz - but Chelsea will refuse to sell him at that price. Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are stepping up their efforts to sign Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegro international, 23, has a £27m buy-out clause. Full story: the Sun

But the Blues have been rebuffed by Real Madrid in their pursuit of Portuguese defender Pepe, 30. Full story: the Independent

Manchester United target Kevin Strootman, 23, of PSV Eindhoven has confirmed “several clubs” are competing for his signature this summer - but none are the top teams in Europe. Full story: Metro

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, 32, has opened talks with Arsenal over a possible £4m move to the Emirates. Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea have had a second bid for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, 26, rejected. Full story: Daily Express

But the Canaries have targeted Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, 25, as a replacement if Ruddy does leave Carrow Road. Full story: the Sun

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 19, has opened the door on a possible move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City. Full story: Daily Star

Premier League newcomers Hull City’s £4.5m move for Burnley striker Charlie Austin has collapsed - because of “unforeseen obstacles”. Full story: Hull Daily Mail