Chelsea considering former Liverpool striker as potential replacement of 24-year-old striker

January 12, 2018

According to reports, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to replace Michy Batshuayi in the January transfer window who joined The Blues for £33m from Marseille in summer of 2016.

The Italian manager was desperate to bring in attacking reinforcements ahead of the 2017/18 season but had to settle with only Alvaro Morata coming through the doors at Stamford Bridge.

Conte wanted to sign Fernando Llorente to be Morata’s mentor at the club but Mauricio Pochetino’s Tottenham beat their London rivals to a deal for the 32-year-old Spanish forward.

The Telegraph claim that The Blues would have let the 24-year-old Belgian striker leave on loan if they had landed Fernando Llorente and the west London club are ready to get rid of the Belgian forward once again.

It’s reported that Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye are all on Chelsea’s radar, with the Italian manager determined to bring in a quality understudy to Alvaro Morata.

The former Real Madrid striker has scored 9 goals and provided 4 assists this season so far for the Blues, while Batshuayi has only scored five goals thus far.