According to reports in The Sun, Chelsea are ready to make a move for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile – who has scored 43 goals since joining the club in 2016 – as they look to rebuild the broken relationship with manager Antonio Conte.
Well, The Sun says that the Blues board and their Italian boss have fallen out following a disappointing summer transfer window, as well as a disappointing start to the campaign that has seen them lose three of their opening nine Premier League matches as they look to defend their title.
However, The Sun says owner Roman Abramovich is ready to appease Conte by moving for Immobile, who he believes will be a great striker partner for Alvaro Morata.
The report adds that while Lazio have already turned down an offer of around £62m from a Chinese Super League club for the 27-year-old, they would probably accept a bid of £53m upwards from the west London outfit.
While Chelsea wouldn’t be willing to pay that fee, they could offer players and cash in exchange instead.
Following disappointing spells with Borussia Dortmund and on loan at Sevilla, Lazio decided to sign the centre-forward in 2016 and he has been in sensational goalscoring form ever since.
The Italy international has netted a remarkable 17 goals in 14 appearances in all competitions this term, while he has 43 goals and a further 11 assists in 55 outings in total for the Serie A giants.
The 27-year-old is something of an all-round striker, and as well as potentially linking up well with Morata he would also be a more than able back-up to the Spain international too if Conte chose to play with one up top.
While he has been hugely prolific in Italy, his spells with Dortmund and Sevilla may cause some concern that he isn’t able to perform as well in a different European league.
However, the Italian striker did still score 10 goals in 34 appearances for the former – which isn’t too bad a record – and he certainly looks to have the physical attributes to be a success in the Premier League.
In addition, bringing him to Stamford Bridge may boost Conte and convince him to stay with the club.