Having faced a major blow in their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea have now identified a surprising candidate to bring in as an attacking reinforcement this summer, as per reports.
Antonio Conte was all set to sign the Everton talisman as a replacement for the departing Diego Costa, who was unceremoniously asked to leave the club by the Italian boss via a text message.
However, several trusted English sources have recently claimed that Romelu Lukaku is very much on the verge of completing a blockbuster £75 million transfer to Manchester United instead, thereby leaving the Blues without a primary transfer target, and with a huge hole to fill in their attacking end.
Reports have since suggested that the reigning English Champions will now turn towards Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata – the man who was believed to be the Red Devils’ primary target all along. Furthermore, other names like Andrea Belotti of Torino and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente have reemerged as well.
But according to Record, Chelsea have already identified an enormously surprising attacking candidate to bring to the Stamford Bridge this summer, in the form of Bayer Leverkusen frontman Javier Hernandez.
Affectionately known as Chicharito, the little poacher spent 4 glorious years with Manchester United in England before moving to Real Madrid on loan in 2014, and eventually joining the Bundesliga side permanently in 2015.
The 29-year-old has since impressed one and all with his performances in Germany, and his lethal displays in front of goal have seen him linked with a return to the Premier League this summer, with West Ham United planning to sign him by activating his £13 million-worth release clause.
However, with the Mexican outlet now suggesting that Chelsea have also lodged their interest in El Tri’s all-time leading goalscorer, the Little Pea might just end up securing a move to his former club’s major rivals this summer.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.