Chelsea are reportedly interested in getting an alternative for Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku and are eyeing Andrea Belotti for £90 million
According to a report by The Mirror, Blues boss Antonio Conte is now keen on signing Andrea Belotti after losing out on signing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
Conte will have extra pressure on himself next season after winning the Premier League trophy in the last campaign and losing out on Lukaku will be a major setback for the Italian manager. Regardless, Conte does have other options in mind, with reports suggesting that he is also interested in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
Compared to Morata, Belotti will be a better option for the newly-crowned Premier League champions. Belotti has had a truly remarkable career so far. The youngster was turned down by Atalanta as a teenager following which he joined Serie-D club AlbinoLeffe, making his debut for the club as an 18-year-old.
He moved to Torino in 2015 but was dubbed a failure since he could not score in his first ten games for the side. However, one goal against Bologna during November of that year sparked a miraculous turn in events for the Italian.
Belotti has caught the eye of several big clubs with 27 goals during a stunning campaign this season.
If he does join Chelsea though, one area he will need to work on is his skills while taking penalties. He missed three penalties from the spot this season in the Serie-A.
The Blues will have an empty spot up front as rumours emerge of Diego Costa leaving the club this summer and Chelsea will be more suited for an attacking and creative forward like Belotti.
If Diego Costa does leave, there wouldn’t be as much competition for the Italian and he will get more chances at featuring in the starting XI. Also, Conte will require reinforcements as the Premier League champions get ready to take on the rigours of the upcoming season.