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30-goals hitman set for Stamford Bridge move – report

The incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly hoping to land Southampton’s Graziano Pelle as he looks to bolster the Blues attacking options even after capturing Michy Batshuayi from Merseille, but it could spell the end of Diego Costa’s Chelsea career.

According to reports from the Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio via Metro, the Blues incoming manager is hoping to sign Pelle following his performances under him at Italy. As per reports from Get West London adds the Italian striker is now in the final year of his deal with Southampton but even at that it will still cause the Blues £10 million to bring him to the Stamford Bridge.

Last season, he scored 14 goals and 7 assists for the Saints in all competitions more than Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao did and Alexandre Pato combined together.

What’s more, the Italian forward has grown well under Conte for Azzuri, as according to Gianluca Di’s David Amoyal:
His stats for Italy – for he whom he bagged against Belgium and Spain at the UEFA Euro 2016 – would support that, OptaJoe and OptaPaolo:
Pelle’s performance against La Roja was indeed a brilliant display with Amoya and football writer Michael Cox hailed the 30-year-old performance for La Roja. Via their Social media, the said,
As such, he would undeniably make a useful squad player or a perfect partner for the Chelsea newly signed forward, Michy Batshuayi given his aerial prowess and ability to create opportunities for others.

The only issue that surrounds him is that, the Italian will turns 31 this month and therefore, it will likely be a short-term signing. The Saints has already lost Sadio Mane to Liverpool, so they may be hard to convince for Pelle despite the risk of losing him on a free transfer next summer.

The Italian forward arrival at Stamford Bridge would put Costa’s future in further jeopardy, as Batshuayi has already cast it into doubt. Subsequent to his arrival at the Stamford Bridge, as per report from the Daily Star it says Costa was angling for a return to his former club, so it seems he may well be leaving at the emergence of Pelle at Chelsea.

Telegraph reporter Sam Wallace also was quoted, saying, "he could leave this summer if a deal can be done with Atletico Madrid."

Costa netted 16 goals and bagged 11 assists in all competitions last season, performing poorly for Jose Mourinho before shining under Guus Hiddink

The Spaniard has shown he can be an excellent player for the Blues; however, Conte hopes to go in another direction and bring in another forward to the Stamford Bridge.

However, if he does opt to stay and Pelle also signs, he will have an even greater variety of options and yet more valuable competition.

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