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Chelsea eyes £50m-Morata



Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, looks set to make changes in the attacking line as Michy Batshuayi could leave the Stamford Bridge this summer. His immediate replacement may be Alvaro Morata.

At the moment, Chelsea’s offensive is hinged on Diego Costa who has scored 16 of the 55 Premier League goals for Chelsea this season.

With a return to European football beckoning next season, Conte may have realized the need to beef up the attack.

According to Spanish publication,  Diario Gol, Chelsea have tabled a £34m bid for the Spanish international, but that is way short of Real Madrid’s demands as they are seeking £50m for their striker.
Morata returned to the Spanish capital last summer following a successful stint at Juventus, but the club has failed to offer him the regular football that he was promised.
In turn, it opens up the possibility of an exit at the end of the season, but Chelsea will have to raise their offer significantly if they harbour hopes of taking him to Stamford Bridge it seems.
Meanwhile UK tabloid, The Mirror, claim that Batshuayi will not be given a second season to prove his worth in England, or at least in west London, as Chelsea are ready to sell the £33m signing.
Having failed to make a single start in the league this season, the 23-year-old has really struggled to establish himself in the team, despite looking sharp and impressing to an extent when he has featured as a back-up option behind Costa.
However, evidently he has failed to impress Conte who has been cautious in using him, while the report claims that the Blues are keeping their eye on various targets.
While there is still uncertainty over Costa’s future at the Bridge given interest from China, Andrea Belotti, Fernando Llorente, Alexis Sanchez and a return for youngster Tammy Abraham have all been touted as options by The Mirror.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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