Chelsea ready to ditch Lukaku pursuit and turn to Morata and Belotti

first_imgChelsea are ready to pursue Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti and ditch their plans to sign Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Italy.The Premier League champions had been considered favourites to recruit Lukaku from Everton before Manchester United intervened with a reported £75million offer for the Belgian striker.Senior sources at Goodison Park have told talkSPORT that reports of a bid being accepted were ‘premature’ and that ‘no deal has been reached.’But there is a growing confidence Lukaku will sign for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils within the coming days, forcing the Blues to pursue alternative targets such as Morata and Belotti.Chelsea are likely to have to shell out close to £79million for Real Madrid’s Morata, with the Spanish giants’ valuation considered too high by United for a fringe player at the Santiago Bernabeu.Belotti, meanwhile, has an £87million release clause at Serie A club Torino and could prove a more attainable target for Antonio Conte’s side due to the straightforward nature of any potential negotiations. 1 The Premier League champions are being forced to pursue alternative targets last_img read more