Chelsea have made an approach to Leicester City to sign striker Islam Slimani on loan as they seek to bolster their misfiring frontline before the January window closes, according to reports.
Antonio Conte is unhappy with the attacking options currently available and wants more cover and competition for out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata, who has not scored in his last six games.
The Italian manager admitted that his club-record signing is struggling to adapt to both playing so regularly and being the focal point up front, so wants to share the load.
Conte is targeting a forward with Premier League experience and is already closing in on a deal for Roma star Edin Dzeko, but The Times report that they will try to land Slimani too.
The Algerian, unlike Dzeko, would be eligible to play in the Champions League, with Leicester having failed to qualify for European competition this season.
Dzeko is increasingly likely to move to Stamford Bridge in a £44 double deal along with Emerson Palmieri, with Roma ready to cash in on the Bosnian as he will turn 32 in March and is one of the club’s highest earners.
If Conte gets his way, Morata will be supported by Dzeko and Slimani – who has mainly been an impact sub at Leicester, scoring just once in the Premier League – with Michy Batshuayi loaned out.
Conte has run out of faith in the Belgian, but both Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund – who could soon be without a striker if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins Arsenal – are keen to sign him.
While Morata has scored just twice in his last nine games, Dzeko has surprisingly scored the same number of goals in his last 16 matches and is enduring his own sticky spell of form.