Chelsea express interest in Burnley striker

Chelsea has expressed an interest in Burnley's Ashley Barnes as they widen their search for a target man.

The Blues have made inquiries for a string of big centre-forwards over the past week including Andy Carroll, Fernando Llorente, Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko.  Barnes has scored four goals in 26 appearances for the Clarets this season, although most have come from the bench.

The 28-year-old has made only eight Premier League starts during Burnley's impressive current campaign. The Blues want to loan out Michy Batshuayi, their current back-up to Morata, as he seeks game time ahead of the World Cup in Russia, with Sevilla having previously been keen on the Belgian.

Barnes fits the profile of player Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to add to his squad and the Italian has found the way blocked for a number of other targets.

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