Chelsea 2017/18: Blues to fork out £120m to sign Arsenal & Everton goal-machines to form outstanding strike trio
Chelsea are contemplating ending their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata in a bid to force through a double deal for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, per the Daily Telegraph.
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The Blues are said to be in the market for attacking options with top scorer Diego Costa’s future uncertain. The Spain international was the subject of a £30million-per-year contract offer from a Chinese club in January, which resulted in an argument with boss Antonio Conte and him being temporarily dropped from the first team.
While a move didn’t materialise in the New Year, it is quite possible that Costa will depart Chelsea in the summer, whether to China or elsewhere. In recent interviews, Costa has said he wanted to return to Atletico Madrid last summer and that he would not rule out a move to France in the future.
Morata was said to be top of Conte’s wanted list, having worked with him while at Juventus. But constant rumours of the striker being used in a makeweight to take Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu could turn the Blues away. The Telegraph says both Lukaku and Sanchez are now on their radar.
Both players are in similar situations at Arsenal and Everton respectively. Sanchez, 28, has just over one year remaining on his Gunners contract and the suggestions are he will not sign another. Boss Arsene Wenger, who himself could leave this summer, says negotiations over a new deal will have to wait until the end of the season. A perceived lack of progress at the Emirates Stadium could turn Sanchez away, and the Chilean recently hinted at a Chelsea move by admitting he wants to play for a London club with a “winning mentality”.
Lukaku, 23, is a former Chelsea striker. He was sold to Everton in 2014 for £28million and has gone from strength to strength at Goodison Park since. With 21 goals to his name this season, he is the Premier League’s top scorer and has been linked with a host of top clubs. Lukaku has two years remaining on his current deal, but recently said he would not sign a new one before criticising the club’s ambition in an interview.
Chelsea are currently seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and clear favourites to win a fifth title, their first under Conte. But it appears work is already underway to improve the squad ahead of next season.