Chelsea are set to make an improved £45million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
According to reports, the Blues are ready to up their £36m offer for the Italy international, 23.
Rugani played under Maurizio Sarri at Empoli and is seen to have a bright future in the Azzurri defence.
Club director Marina Granovskaia, who is in charge of transfers at Stamford Bridge, is poised to table nearly £10m more than the original offer.
According to Goal, that was knocked back by the Serie A winners, who want a good price for the 6ft 3in centre back to fund their purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chelsea played their first pre-season game under Sarri last night as they beat Perth Glory 1-0 Down Under.
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Pedro scored the winner for the Blues as Jorginho made his non-competitive debut against the A-League side.
They now head back to Europe for a friendly against Inter in Nice and another against Arsenal in Dublin, before the Community Shield on August 5 against Manchester City.
Meanwhile Chelsea are close to signing Pepe Reina from AC Milan, despite the fact the Spanish stopper joined the Rossoneri just days ago.
Sarri worked with the former Liverpool stopper at Napoli, where he made 111 appearances before joining Milan this summer.