Chelsea are hoping to smash their record transfer fee with the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
The defender has been a Blues target all summer, with the Serie A club unhappy at how he has been unsettled by the speculation.
The Telegraph report that Antonio Conte is now trying to end the saga once and for all with a £60million bid, £10million more than the club paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres.
Conte has concerns over his centre-backs, with John Terry expected to play less this season and Gary Cahill having been inconsistent last season.
Kurt Zouma’s horrific leg break means he won’t play again before the end of the year, so Chelsea desperately need a long-term replacement for Terry sooner rather than later.
Napoli earlier rejected a bid of £48million for the Senagal international.
This time around, Conte is confident that his bid will be enough, so Koulibaly should be a Chelsea player within weeks.