Costa Replacement? Antonio Conte Working on Signing 14-goal, 4 Assists Striker for Chelsea
Although it appears Diego Costa has jettisoned the idea of going to China for now, there however remains a big chance that Chelsea could lose the Spaniard in the summer. Costa has been linked with a move back to Spain since last summer and Atlético Madrid are said to be interested in his signing.
In order to ensure Chelsea are not stranded should Costa leave, Blues manager Antonio Conte, according to reports, has started making moves to sign the striker’s replacement. One of the many players Conte is said to be interested in is Torino striker Andrea Belotti who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal over the past few weeks.
The 23-year-old has been in stellar form in Serie A this season and reportedly has a release clause of €100 million (£85m). A clause that if triggered Torino will have no choice other than to sell the player if he wants to move. And you could see why big clubs are after Belotti – he has scored 14 goals in 18 league games this season and created a further 4 assists which means he has been involved in a total of 18 goals in his 18 games.
Quite impressive for a 23-year-old playing in a league as defensive-minded as Serie A. However, for £85 million Chelsea are better off going for someone more established in the game. If they have that much to spend on a single player, a striker, why not try for Pierre-Emericky Aubameyang for instance.
Borussia Dortmund could be open to selling Aubameyang for less than £85 million and he is a much better and more established player. Although Belotti is likely to want less money in terms of wages than Aubameyang, but the Gabon international is very likely to make the club more from commercial sense in terms of image rights than the Italian.