Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has lost patience with Alvaro Morata and has drawn up two targets to replace him in January, according to a report.
The Sun report “the Blues have finally lost patience with the Spaniard” and will go after a direct replacement with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi or AC Milan’s Patrick Cutrone on their shopping list.
Per the source, Icardi is their No.1 target, but he will not come cheap and apparently Sarri will have to stump up £90million for the Argentinian.
Last month Manchester United were reported by AS to be readying a €110million approach for Icardi.
Gazzetta dello Sport had claimed that the former Sampdoria man was in talks over a new deal that would see his pay elevated to around €4.5m per year, but AS claimed those talks hit a stumbling block.
If Chelsea cannot agree a deal for Icardi, who has scored five goals in eight games, then they will go after Cutrone, but he will not be easy to prise away from Milan.
The 20-year-old is a lifelong Milan fan and recently signed a new contract that will keep him at the San Siro until 2023.
He has scored three goals in six games and is thought of very highly at Milan and The Sun’s £25million valuation seems way off the mark.
Cutrone has come through the Milan Primavera team, where he was prolific. He has scored 11 senior goals and is an out-and-out No.9 who has been capped by Italy.
The Como-born Cutrone would arguably be more out of reach than the more established Icardi just because of his history with the club and Chelsea may have to double the £25million price tag suggested by the tabloid.
As for Morata, he has been playing second fiddle to Olivier Giroud this season. The Spanish striker has got three goals in 11 appearances, but he has made only four starts and Sarri seems to have made his mind up that it is time to replace him.