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Versatile Chelsea target now available for decreased €7m fee?

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Lazio are reportedly ready to listen to offers for utility man Senad Lulic.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a manager that values hard work and functionality more than most.

One player out there that is synonymous with these traits is Lazio’s Senad Lulic - a man known colloquially as ‘The Train’ for his tireless nature on the pitch.

The Bosnian has been linked with Stamford Bridge on multiple occasions this term, his versatility reportedly appealing to the West London outfit.

Lulic is able to play as either a left-back or left winger, and has been tipped as future cover for Cesar Azpilicueta with Ashley Cole set to leave this summer.

Chelsea were originally said to be keen on the 28-year-old in January, most recently linked with a summer move for his services last month.

And if interest from Mourinho and company is indeed genuine, the door to get their man may have just opened as the end of the season draws near.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio president Claudio Lotito is now awaiting bids for the hero of the 2013 Coppa Italia final.

Serie A rivals Juventus are expected to make an offer including one of the expendable trio of Sebastian Giovinco, Fabio Quagliarella or Mauricio Isla.

The report states that Lotito is willing to consider a straight cash bid from a willing suitor, however, particularly to cover the cost of resolving Antonio Candreva’s co-ownership with Udinese.

It’s previously been suggested that Udinese would take €7m to hand over the remaining 50% of Candreva’s rights to Lazio - a sum the Aquile may settle for selling Lulic for.

The Bosnian refused to rule out a Stadio Olimpico exit weeks ago and all signs continue to point to a departure from the Italian capital this summer.

And if Chelsea still have their eyes on Lulic, he may be available for far less than the £9m to £12m he’s previously been rated at.

Juventus will certainly pose competition if the Blues are to table an offer, but Chelsea could hold the advantage if Lazio are inclined not to sell to a direct rival.

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