According to reports, Chelsea have turned down an exchange deal which would have seen Christian Vieri arriving at the club in place of Adrian Mutu.

Inter directors met Abramovich at last night’s FA Cup game against Watford to offer an exchange deal that would take striker Adrian Mutu to Milan but the offer was turned down, the London Evening Standard reported on Thursday.

Chelsea’s interest in Italy striker Christian Vieri has waned because of Inter’s £21 million pound price tag.

Chelsea have also been linked with neighbouring Fulham’s French striker Louis Saha, who has said he wants to move to Manchester United. Other clubs claiming to have received offers from Chelsea in recent days are PSG and Chalrton, who turned down bids for Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze and midfielder Scott Parker respectively.