With the summer transfer window almost half-way through and preseason in full swing, many teams around Europe are in the works of making deals and finalising signings. However, at the home of the English champions, the striker situation seems to be turning into a saga.
In the midst of last season, during the January window and the flurry of big money transfers to China, an enquiry was made for bullish front man, Diego Costa. His desire to leave and the unrest caused saw him dropped and put in line by manager, Antonio Conte, with his misgivings disrupting what proved to be a title procession.
Fast forward to this summer and despite being fresh from title success, Conte was not willing to brush his mid-season antics under the rug and broke up with the Brazilian-born striker via text, making it known that he wasn’t in his plans for the coming season.
With Costa now more than ever out of the door at Chelsea; being seen partying in former club Atletico Madrid’s jersey to which he hopes to return, Chelsea are essentially left with one first team striker in Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian front man signed for more than € 33 million in the previous summer was clearly not favoured by the Italian manager though scoring the title-winning goal at West Brom in a 1-0 in May.
Diego Costa really wants to go back to Atletico. pic.twitter.com/qgZoUTzvXh
— M•A•J (@UltraSuristic_) July 16, 2017
After a failed pursuit of Romelu Lukaku who elected to join Manchester United, the recent sounds from Dortmund that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to stay in Germany, and no indication the club is keen on Andrea Belotti, Alvaro Morata is now the focus of the champions’ attention. Reports of a deal being agreed between Chelsea and the Real Madrid for striker in upwards of €80 million with clauses are being circulated by Madrid’s mouth piece, Marca, and number of insiders.