Two In, Two Out: Chelsea to Invest in £58m Strike Pair as Diego Costa and Loic Remy Head Towards Stamford Bridge ExitPublished July 4, 2016
Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to conduct a major striker re-shuffle at Stamford Bridge according to the Daily Telegraph.
The West London side have already completed the capture of Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, for a fee of £33.2m and now Conte has set his sights on Southampton forward Graziano Pelle.
The 30-year-old has played a key role in Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign and is clearly a player Conte values and the fact that the burly striker has Premier League experience will also work in his favour.
It will cost a fee of around £25m to land Pelle though one wonders if the St Mary’s side would look to sell yet another of their top talents given the likes of Vincent Wanyama and Sadio Mane have left for Tottenham and Liverpool this summer, with boss Ronald Koeman having moved to take over at Everton.
Pelle moved to Southampton in July 2014 and the former AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord man has been a success on the south-coast, bagging 30 goals in 80 appearances and no doubt a move to Chelsea would interest the Lecce born star.
Diego Costa had a distinctly average second campaign at Chelsea last term but still registered a healthy tally of 16 goals in all competitions but this source believes he is on his way out, with a view to rejoining Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile Loic Remy is certain to leave for pastures new whilst loaned in pair Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao have been let go.