Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly responded to missing out on Romelu Lukaku by ordering his club to try to sign both Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the end of the transfer window.
The Blues have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market so far, with Lukaku emegring as one of Conte’s personal favourites to come in and replace Diego Costa up front.
However, the Belgian ended up making the £75million move to Manchester United instead, prompting the Premier League champions to look elsewhere to strengthen up front.
With Costa surely heading back to previous club Atletico Madrid, it is vital for Chelsea to be well-equipped up front next season, with Conte already known to be concerned about the depth of his squad.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian tactician is now planning to fill that centre-forward spot with two big names, despite previous reports suggesting he’d choose from one of Morata, Aubameyang or perhaps Torino striker Andrea Belotti.
The report adds that Conte has been fuming with Chelsea’s main transfer negotiators Michael Emenalo and Marina Granovskaia, and wants them to deliver his long list of top targets ahead of the new season.
Chelsea are thought to be in talks over a £65m move for Aubameyang, though Liverpool may be leading the chase for the Borussia Dortmund star’s signature.
In a further potential blow for Conte, it is also claimed that Morata is currently leaning towards staying at Real Madrid after his move to United broke down.
Meanwhile, Chelsea do seem to be making progress on deals for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid full-back Danilo.