Chelsea given transfer hope as Torino identify replacement for €100m star

  • Chelsea given transfer hope as Torino identify replacement for €100m star

Chelsea given transfer hope as Torino identify replacement for €100m star

Manchester United had been strongly linked with a move for Morata but, after landing Lukaku ahead of the Blues, their interest in the Spaniard has cooled and reports claim Chelsea have moved in.

It's a welcome conundrum to have in whether a club should move for Belotti, 23, or Morata, 24, but Zola has lobbied a reasonable argument for his former employers to trust in one of Serie A's hottest emerging talents.

But the nine-time Italy worldwide is contracted until mid-2021 and Cairo said it would take €100m for an overseas club to secure Belotti's signature.

However, following the failure, Conte has underlined his desire to sign Belotti, who is available at his current release clause of £88m.

That has left Chelsea still needing to replace Diego Costa, who is expected to leave the club after falling out with manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea are ready to meet Torino's demands and pay Andrea Belotti's £89m release clause after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, according to a report in the Express. I'm glad he's with us and I hope he can stay.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday, Zola said: "To be honest, I was thinking Chelsea should go for Andrea Belotti in Italy".

"I want to understand his intentions, I'm happy for him to stay, not atleast because we've given up interesting options which didn't reach the €100m clause".

"They weren't real offers, but there were contacts".

"We'll also need to talk about a potential deadline for any sale and won't discuss it beyond that date". It's something that needs to be verified, but I have no reason to doubt him. "Andrea is an extraordinary lad, he has undeniable qualities".