It’s safe to say that Chelsea haven’t had great luck in recruiting strikers this summer. Conte’s side had to face the ultimate ignominy of letting Lukaku slip from their grasp to join rivals Manchester United, and he then went on to miss another target, with Alvaro Morata opting out of the opportunity to join his former boss at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea then turned their attention towards Mexican superstar Javier Hernandez, but reports claim that London rivals West Ham United are now set to beat Chelsea for the signature of the Leverkusen striker.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is prepared to make Chicharito the highest paid player at the London Stadium, by offering him a contract worth £145,000-a-week.
The Hammers were earlier keen on signing Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who didn’t show much interest in joining them. As a result, West Ham identified Hernandez as the player who would lead the attack for them next season.
The Mexican striker is believed to be inclined towards joining West Ham over Chelsea because of a bigger role in the squad.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now shift their focus onto other potential signings like Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Torino’s Andrea Bellotti. With Diego Costa on his way out, Michy Batshuayi is the only able striking option left for Conte, whose side faces a striker crisis upfront.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.