Chelsea have not enjoyed a successful summer to date having missed out on top target Romelu Lukaku, but things could go from bad to worse for the Blues as Spanish radio station Onda Cero claim that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is not considering a move to Chelsea this summer.
They say that Morata received offers worth £200,000 per week from Manchester United and £500,000 per week from Tianjin Quanjian in China, but he is now focused on establishing himself in the Real Madrid first team and is not even considering the prospect of a move to Stamford Bridge.
If true, it would be a huge blow for Antonio Conte and Chelse,a with Diego Costa edging nearer an exit, Michy Batshuayi having failed to impress in his debut season in the Premier League and Loic Remy seen as a hugely disappointing last resort.
So what other players could be an option for Chelsea this summer?
Andrea Belotti – Torino
A prolific goalscorer, the 23-year-old put himself in the running for the Golden Boot this season with 28 goals in 38 games for Torino in Italy. Quick and powerful on the ball, he is perhaps a similar option to the likes of Diego Costa or Romelu Lukaku given his strength and aerial power.
Italian newspaper La Stampa claims that a bid of £88 million may even be considered by the Blues, which would surely be enough to convince the Turin based club to sell. However, such a fee would be way above the kind of fees suggested for Lukaku or Morata and may be a stretch too far for the Blues.
With four goals in nine games for the Italian national team, Belotti has rapidly established himself as one of the strongest strikers in Europe and his value may only increase.
Read on over the following pages to see who else could be on Chelsea’s radar…