FIVE Forwards Who Chelsea Can Replace Diego Costa With

FIVE Forwards Who Chelsea Can Replace Diego Costa With
Jun 13, 2017

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa is set to leave the club after the Spanish international told the media that manager Antonio Conte text him to let him know he is no longer included in the Italian’s plan for next season. The striker has scored 20 goals this season in the Premier League and was also the top scorer for Antonio Conte’s side this season.

As for what club Costa will be playing for next season, it seems that China will be his most likely destination earning up to a possible £650,000-a-week, with personal terms being agreed with Tianjin Quanjian. However, the forward has also revealed he would be open to a switch back to Atlético Madrid but insisted it would be ‘very hard’ to not play for six months.

With the void being apparent due to Costa’s soon departure, here are five potential replacements for Diego Costa Chelsea can buy in the summer transfer window:

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian international has been making hints that he wants away from Goodison Park over the last few months after refusing to sign a new contract at the club. Lukaku has admitted his ambition to be playing for a Champions League club next season, something not possible if he remains at Everton.

The 24-year-old is the top target for Conte’s side this summer, with the fee set to be a record-breaking one. It’s believed Chelsea will possibly have to pay up to £100 million for his return to happen.

A deadly finisher with also fantastic pace and power, the Belgian shares many of the same qualities as Costa and would be a like for like replacement at Chelsea, a player who is also extremely hard to knock off of the ball when he get’s into his stride. The Belgian can be unplayable on his day, making him a defender’s nightmare, as seen over the last couple of season’s at Everton. Lukaku scored 25 league goals last season, in an Everton side which is said to lack the service compared to the likes of a striker would receive at Chelsea, giving the former-West Brom forward the perfect platform to announce himself on the big stage.

Moussa Dembélé

The Frenchman has had an incredible year up in Scotland at Celtic under Brendan Rodgers, scoring 32 times in all competitions as The Hoops went on to win the treble without losing a single game for the whole season.

Dembélé was linked with a move to the Blues back in January, with reports suggesting that Conte’s attempted to lure the French hitman to Stamford Bridge.

A player who had scored goals for fun over the past year, Dembélé is a quick player who can get away from his opposing defenders using his blistering pace, he also has the ability to hold up the ball to bring his other team-mates into play.

If Dembélé was to go down south of the border, it would be considered a massive risk at a cheap price taken by Chelsea and Antonio Conte due to his lack of experience playing in the top flight of English football. Despite only making two appearances for Fulham during his time in England last season, his exploits in Europe this season against the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Mönchengladbach could give an indicator of the Celtic forward’s potential.

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi has been a shining light for the blue and black side of Milan since signing for the Nerazzurri from Sampdoria in 2013 for 6.5 million euros. The Argentine has similar traits to Costa, being aggressive and also having a reputation of being controversial, with Icardi having traded insults with the Inter ultras on more the one occasion. He managed to score on 24 occasions this season, in a team that have finished 7th, coming joint third for goals in Serie A, tied with fellow Argentine, Gonzalo Higuaín.

A proven goal-scorer over the last couple of season, Icardi has the qualities to succeed in the English game with fantastic speed and also a know-how of how to find the net on most occasions, he can also finish with both feet and can score all types of goals from different area’s on the pitch.

If Icardi did join the Blues, there would be massive potential for the front-3 of Chelsea with the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro, forming a fantastic partnership with the possibility of a devastating counter-attack.

Icardi would be one of the most expensive options on this list, with a rumoured £96 million price tag for the Argentine. However, his name has really not been mentioned as a replacement in the last couple of weeks but this could still alter as Antonio Conte looks to replace Diego Costa.

Michy Batshuayi

Signing from Marseille for £33.5 million last summer, off the back of an impressive Euro 2016 campaign, Michy Batshuayi has not really cemented his position in the Chelsea first-team due to the good form of Diego Costa for the majority of the Blues title-winning campaign.

Batshuayi has impressed when he has got his chance on the rare occasion this season, but Diego Costa stayed away from injuries, meaning Batshuayi’s chance of getting a run in the first-team became even less likely.

He has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, which isn’t too bad considering the lack of starts the Belgian international has had this season. During his time at Chelsea, Conte the standout highlight from him this season coming at The Hawthorns where he got the vital goal to seal the title for Chelsea.

It will be a massive pre-Season for the Belgian as he tries to stamp down a place for regular games in the first-team next year, trying to impress enough to convince Antonio Conte to trust him as Chelsea’s first choice striker.

Alexis Sánchez

The last choice on the list would be Arsenal star, Alexis Sánchez. With only a year left on his current deal at the North London club, along with the Chilean feeling like the club is not going to right way, a move across London could be on the cards for the 28-year-old.

Sánchez would bring a new set of qualities to Chelsea’s attacking options if he were to head across to Southwest London, linking up with Eden Hazard, who many compare and contrast Sánchez with.

You can not take away the world class ability that the Chilean international has, including his fantastic work rate and dribbling ability to go along with the blistering pace that he has. However, the replace Costa, Antonio Conte will most likely be looking for a player who can dominate defences and bully defenders, as well as more of a physical presence to help create space for the more technical players in the side to showcase there ability. There are doubts of Sánchez being able to provide that.

A world class player, no doubt in anyone’s mind, but Sánchezis possibly not the right choice to replace Diego Costa in terms of the powerhouse number nine that Conte wants this summer. However, if the Blues were to make a move for him, the Chilean’s may be forced to listen with the prospect of Champions League football next season.

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