Chelsea remain one of the most active teams in the market despite not making a single addition to the squad. The Blues have set their sights on adding at least one more striker to bolster the team’s depth, and a new name has reportedly sneaked into the team’s shortlist.
According to a report from ESPN FC, The Blues are reportedly considering to make a move for West Ham United‘s Marko Arnautovic. Chelsea’s boss Antonio Conte is keen to add a “target man” onto the squad and even though Arnautovic does not exactly fit in with that description, he is more than capable of filling that role.
More importantly, his presence would ease the burden on Alvaro Morata. Since Tammy Abraham is out on loan and Michy Batshuayi has been a bust, the Spaniard has been Chelsea’s lone reliable scoring presence this season. And that would change with the potential arrival of the Austria international.
The 28-year-old forward joined West Ham last summer from Stoke for around £25 million, and has thrived with his new club. The former Twente and Werder Bremen – among others – has scored six goals and created three assists in his last eight Premier League games since being switched to a more central attacking role by David Moyes. He is on an impressive run of form at the moment, and that caught the eye of Chelsea’s officials, as well as Antonio Conte.
Arnautovic is not the only player The Blues have been linked to, though. Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, Christian Benteke and Edin Dzeko have also been mentioned in recent weeks, but so far have been unable to land any of their targets.