Chelsea Turn Attention To Balde

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Chelsea are dealing with the disappointment of losing Romelu Lukaku, 24, to Manchester United, by chasing Lazio attacker, Keita Balde, 22, according to the Italian paper, La Repubblica

The Senegalese international grabbed 16 goals in 32 appearances last season, the first time he has reached double figures in goals. Prior to that, he record 15 goals in 79 appearances. Chelsea would be taking a risk in signing a player with an untested record.

Lazio are bracing themselves for the bid, expecting to receive £26.5m for their prodigy. Chelsea though, are reported to be preparing a bid of £17m which suggests some intense negotiations ahead.

Chelsea were taken aback by the speed of Manchester United’s move for Belgian international, Lukaku. The Everton striker is undergoing a medical this weekend, ahead of departing for Los Angeles with the United squad for their pre-season tour.

It’s left them in turmoil with no sign of any reconciliation between Antonio Conte and Brazilian-born striker, Diego Costa, 28. Atletico Madrid are desperate to sign their former player and he has made no secret of his desire to return to the Spanish capital.

It’s left Chelsea short of strikers. When Costa leaves, 23-year-old Michy Batshuyai will be the club’s only forward with any experience of leading the line. Their title defence is teetering on the edge of disarray and we’re not even in August!