Chelsea Ready to Sign £85m-rated Striker
Diego Costa has confirmed manager Antonio Conte has told him his services are no longer needed at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately for the Blues, they are yet to sign any of their target strikers. But if you believe the Independent, Chelsea may be signing Manchester United and Arsenal target Andrea Belotti.
The Italian was linked with a move to the Gunners last May but the North London club have since signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. Manchester United have also been linked with the signing of the Torino striker but they have now signed Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku instead.
Torino reportedly want €100 million (£85m) for the player, which to be honest, is very steep, but a fee that Chelsea may have to pay considering the state of the market at the moment. Torino have made it clear to Chelsea and other interested clubs that they won’t be selling the 23-year-old unless their valuation is met, which may be a deal breaker for the Premier League champions and any other club interested in him.
Álvaro Morata appears to be Chelsea’s first-choice target now but Real Madrid are also said to be asking for upward of £70 million for the Spaniard. The former-Juventus striker may not be worth £70 million in my mind, but let’s not forget Manchester United paid £75 million for Lukaku, who in my opinion is not worth that amount either.
Chelsea are now faced with the dilemma of overpaying to get a striker this summer and they have themselves to blame for that. They could have handled the Diego Costa situation better. Everyone now knows Diego Costa is off and won’t be willing to pay a large fee for him, and clubs of Chelsea targets will know the Blues are desperate for a striker and do everything in their power to milk them dry.
What will be interesting to see is what happens should Chelsea fail to get a striker this summer. They already burnt their bridge with Diego Costa and it appears there is no going back on that front for them. Michy Batshuayi upfront for Chelsea next season? Never say never.