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Earlier on #Chelsea completed the transfer of Italian defender…

Earlier on #Chelsea completed the transfer of Italian defender Davide #Zappacosta from #Torino for a reported £23million.
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#Chelsea agree deal with #Torino full-back Davide…

#Chelsea agree deal with #Torino full-back Davide #Zappacosta.
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Should Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti?

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Should Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti?

Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea is a thing of the past, he will be lining up for Manchester United at next season’s curtain raiser.

For Antonio Conte, the task is simple, adequately replace Diego Costa, or face reliving the Blues’ failures of the past. Lukaku appeared to fit like a glove, but the deal never materialised.

Now it’s very much a case of two strikers, who have been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions – Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata. But who would be a better fit to spearhead Conte’s attack?

Alvaro Morata

La Liga 2016/17:
Goals: 15
Penalty goals: 0
Assists: 4
Minutes per goal: 89.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 70.5
Shots per goal: 3.6

Andrea Belotti

Serie A 2016/17:

Goals: 26
Penalty goals: 2
Assists: 7
Minutes per goal: 118
Minutes per goal or assist: 93
Shots per goal: 5

Stats via Squawka & WhoScored.

Morata appears to be the more productive striker, but the sample size is less than half the size of Belotti’s. The latter directly contributed to 33 goals for a mid-table side, whereas the majority of Morata’s goals came either off the bench or against minnows.

The major question mark over Morata is whether he can perform consistently while being the primary carrier of a team’s goal burden – Belotti has proven himself able, even if it was for just one season.

Ultimately, both are going to cost the club an arm and a leg, and you cannot say that either are safe bets. Conte is going to have to make a decision, take a risk, and pray that it pays off.

Let us know who you think Chelsea should sign.

Chelsea academy product wanted on loan by Serie A outfit

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Chelsea academy product wanted on loan by Serie A outfit

Nathaniel Chalobah is a man in demand.

Chalobah spent the 2015/16 campaign out on loan with Napoli, he could be set to return to Italy, if reliable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is to be believed.

According to Di Marzio, Chalobah is a target for Torino, with manager Sinisa Mihajlovic said to be keen to give the England U21 international a second shot in Serie A.

Chalobah made 15 appearances for Chelsea last season, but the majority of them were as a substitute. At 22-years-old, he needs to be playing regular first-team football in order to continue his development.

Serie A could be the perfect place for Chalobah to grow, and Antonio Conte will know that better than anyone. If he is not going to play a major role in our squad next season, he may well be better off re-joining the club’s vast loan army.

This is one to keep an eye on as we count down the days until the transfer window opens.