Chelsea to turn attention to these strikers following Lukaku’s Man United move?

first_img 5 5 5 Michy Batshuayi – Should Chelsea fail to sign a new striker, and Diego Costa leaves, Conte will be left with Batshuayi and Loic Remy as his two attacking options in 2017/18. Belgium forward Batshuayi, 23, is by far the better player but it appears the manager does not trust him. He started only one Premier League game last season, after the title had already been won, and had netted just six goals in all competitions before May. Admittedly he did end the campaign well, scoring five more goals in the final three matches of the season, but it does not seem either fans nor Conte will be happy if the Blues start the season with Batshuayi as their first-choice striker. 5 Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – Surprising reports have surfaced claiming Conte is now looking at former Manchester United striker Hernandez having missed out on Lukaku. He has a £13m release clause in his contact with Leverkusen, and is a proven scorer in English football. In four full seasons with the Red Devils, Hernandez, 29, scored 37 Premier League goals. He is certainly not the world class striker Conte would want at Stamford Bridge, but off all the available options to sign Hernandez is certainly the cheapest. It’s bad news for Chelsea in the transfer market as Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign their top target Romelu Lukaku.The Red Devils have signed off a £70million initial fee for the striker, which could rise up to around £90million if certain clauses are met.Lukaku has been pictured in Los Angeles training with close friend, and future teammate, Paul Pogba, just days before United head to the same city for their summer tour.Antonio Conte is reportedly frustrated at missing out on his prime transfer target, and has had to turn his attention to other strikers.So, with this in mind, talkSPORT take a look at five potential forwards Chelsea could turn their attention to following their Lukaku failure.You can see them all by clicking the right arrow, above… Andrea Belotti (Torino) – As well as Morata, Conte has also shown an interest in Belotti of Torino in the last few months before dropping that in favour of Lukaku. He is a player known to be admired by the Chelsea boss, having scored 26 goals in 35 Serie A matches last season. Torino are refusing to budge from Belotti’s almost-£90m buyout clause, and it seems unlikely Chelsea will offer such a large amount for a player with only one season of elite level goalscoring behind him. Strong with both feet as well as his head, Belotti looks to have all the talents to remain a world class striker, and Chelsea did sign Diego Costa on the back of the first season in which he scored more than 10 goals. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Still rumoured to be leaving the Gunners this summer, Sanchez could be on his way to Chelsea instead of Lukaku. Arsenal would hate selling to a rival, but if Snachez wants to leave he could easily force through a move as 2017/18 is the final year of his contract. Able to play anywhere across the front, the Chile attacker is by far the most versatile striker option available and would certainly link up well with both Eden Hazard and either Pedro or Willian in Conte’s 3-4-3 system. Manchester City are also said to be keen on signing Sanchez this summer. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – click the right arrow to see other alternatives for Lukaku – Spain striker Morata is said to be one of Conte’s priority targets now that a deal for Lukaku is off the table. The Real Madrid forward has actually been wanted by Conte for a number of months – longer than he targeted Lukaku – and he is known to be a huge fan of Morata. The pair were due to work together at Juventus when Conte signed the striker in 2014, before he left to manage Italy. A bonus for Chelsea is that Real want to sell Morata to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe, with them struggling to match the £80m asking price set by Monaco. A much less prolific goalscorer than Lukaku, Morata’s biggest strength is his hold up play and work rate for the team – something Conte values highly. 5last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe St Eunan’s College players back at the school this eveningST EUNAN’S COLLEGE boys returned in triumph to Letterkenny today after winning the MacLarnon Cup after an epic final battle with Coláistí Inis Eoghain.The Letterkenny school took the Ulster trophy on a two-point margin.St Eunan’s GAA club contingent in the teamMan of the Match Conal Boyle and Captain Conor O’Donnell  PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMacLarnon Cup Winners 2014St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more