Chelsea Target Serie A Striker As Lukaku Chase Ends
As you may know, Chelsea’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku has ended in defeat.
The Belgian striker won’t be heading back to Stamford Bridge for a second crack at things, after withdrawing his transfer request earlier this week.
That means Antonio Conte is looking at other strikers to provide competition for the likes of Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi, and he’s set to raid his former club for one.
Croatian Mario Mandzukic is Conte’s latest target, and would cost around £25 million, according to the Mirror.
That sum is a third of the fee Everton wanted for Lukaku, so would represent Chelsea taking the cheaper option – something they don’t normally do.
Although when you consider that Mandzukic is 30 and unproven in the Premier League, maybe it doesn’t seem so cheap.
The Croatian arrived at Juventus in a surprise move last summer after a year at Atletico Madrid, and scored 10 league goals for the Old Lady last season.
However, he’s behind big money new signing Gonzalo Higuain, wonderkid Paulo Dybala and Euro 2016 penalty flop Simone Zaza in the Juventus forward department, and could be open to working with his old boss again.
Conte feels like he must add another striker to his squad as he bids to win the Premier League at the first time of asking, as only Costa and Batshuayi are available currently.
And when you consider the rate at which Costa has been picking up yellow cards so far this season, there will be plenty of games where the Spaniard isn’t available.
Looks like the Blues are in for a busy final week in the transfer window.