Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Barcelona in the race to sign Feyenoord goal machine Graziano Pelle.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is known to be on the lookout for another striker ahead of the January transfer window, having failed to sign Wayne Rooney in the summer.

And attention has now turned to Italian powerhouse Pelle, who has been in sparkling form for Dutch side Feyenoord.

The 28-year-old scored 27 goals in 29 matches during a loan spell with the club last season, before making the move permanent.

Pelle has since continued the form by bagging 10 goals in 10 games this term – and Chelsea are ready to make a £6million bid for his services.