Andrea Belotti has become a serious option for Chelsea after news that Romleu Lukaku is closing in on a move to Manchester United, reports The Independent.
BBC Sport reported on Thursday that United have agreed a £75m deal with Everton for Lukaku, who has been heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea.
The transfer is not set in stone just yet, but the overwhelming feeling is that the Belgian will move to Old Trafford in the coming days.
This comes as a blow to Chelsea, who are in the hunt for a striker due to Diego Costa’s reported impending departure.
The Independent claims that Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Belotti are now on the list of targets for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
The report claims that agreeing a fee for Morata could be tough due to Madrid’s stubbornness, while Belotti has an £87m release clause.
With Costa likely to be leaving this summer, the Premier League champions need some strength and power up front.
Belotti is not the tallest of forwards, but he has plenty of presence and is the type that would adapt to English football with ease.
He has the stamina to cope with the demands of the top flight, and also has quick feet for bursting runs.
A major strength that Belotti possesses is his ability in the air, despite not having a height advantage.
The 23-year-old Italian is the perfect target for a cross into the box because he is more often than not going to score with a header.
If Belotti were to sign for Chelsea, he would be arriving at Stamford Bridge having scored 27 goals and produced seven assists in all competitions last season.
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