Chelsea have switched their focus from sealing a Stamford Bridge return for Romelu Lukaku, to weighing up other possible options to fill the void in the striker role.
That is according to well renowned and respected Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who claims that the Blues have now got two other names in mind that they will attempt to go after in the coming weeks.
One of those names is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker appeared to be destined for a move to Old Trafford this summer, with several reports claiming the transfer was imminent.
However, after the Red Devils stole Lukaku from right under the noses of his former employers, the club’s priorities changed, and Morata was no longer a desperately wanted commodity at Old Trafford.
Antonio Conte will be fuming about the fact that his side were so close to sealing a move for the Belgian striker, but were out-muscled by United at the last moment. While Lukaku has his mind set on moving to the Theatre of Dreams, though, Chelsea can now attempt to go for United’s former target instead.
Di Marzio further added that Torino’s striker Andrea Belotti is Conte’s second option. The Italian has been impressive for Torino, and is touted as one of the best young forwards in football right now.
With Chelsea desperate to sell Diego Costa as soon as possible, a striker is very much a priority right now for Conte’s men, and he will hope that the Premier League Champions can secure the signing of one before the beginning of the new season.
“Chelsea are looking for a new striker. Antonio Conte is inquiring in the transfer market to find the right striker for his Chelsea,” wrote Di Marzio in a statement on his official website.
“They definitely missed out on Lukaku, who will most likely go to Manchester United. Now, the Blues are looking at two other names: Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti. These two players are the objective for Chelsea’s attack.”
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