Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is looking to replace Michy Batshuayi in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The Italian was desperate to bring in attacking reinforcements ahead of the 2017/18 campaign but had to settle with only Alvaro Morata coming through the doors at Stamford Bridge.
Conte wanted Fernando Llorente to be Morata’s mentor at the club but Tottenham beat their London rivals to a deal for the veteran Spaniard on deadline day.
The Telegraph suggest Chelsea would have let Batshuayi leave on loan if they had landed Llorente and the Blues are ready to get rid of the Belgian forward once again.
It’s claimed Christian Benteke, Jamie Vardy and Richmond Boakye are all on Chelsea’s radar, with Conte determined to bring in a quality understudy to Morata. Morata has scored seven goals in his opening nine appearances for the Premier League champions, while Batshuayi has only found the net on five occasions so far this term.
Conte has publicly admitted that his squad lacks the depth to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.