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Chelsea want Andrea Belotti as Diego Costa replacement to partner Alvaro Morata

Blues are down a striker despite spending club-record £70m on Alvaro Morata and could now move for clinical Italian ace

Chelsea remain interested in signing Torino star Andrea Belotti, according to reports.

The Blues are down a striker after Diego Costa refused to report for training at Cobham.


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Chelsea remain interested in signing Torino star Andrea Belotti

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Chelsea remain interested in signing Torino star Andrea Belotti

The Italy international score 26 league goals last season

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The Italy international score 26 league goals last season

And The Star claims Belotti is at the top of Antonio Conte’s shortlist after scoring 26 Serie A goals last season.

Chelsea have already smashed their club transfer record to sign Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata in a £70m deal.

But Belotti’s fee could be even higher after his latest contract included an £86m release clause for foreign clubs.

However, Chelsea’s need is great after a blundering start to their latest title defence, losing 3-2 to Burnley on the opening day of the campaign.

Belgium international Michy Batshuayi continues to look out of place spearheading the attack.

And Belotti could be just the man to help Conte bounce back from his transfer blues, with the Italian tactician unhappy with the club’s lack of spending.

The Blues are down a forward after Diego Costa refused to return to the club

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The Blues are down a forward after Diego Costa refused to return to the club

Chelsea have already spent a club record £70m on Alvaro Morata

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Chelsea have already spent a club record £70m on Alvaro Morata

Chelsea appear to be desperately short of numbers on paper and fans are urging the hierarchy to boost numbers as quickly as possible.

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater are both wanted at Stamford Bridge.

There could yet be moves for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk too, with Conte sure to be placated if the quartet are signed along with Belotti.

Michy Batshuayi has been less than convincing in recent games

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Michy Batshuayi has been less than convincing in recent games

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