Chelsea chasing surprising name for striker position, star defender to leave for China

After returning from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home against Tottenham, Chelsea suffered a 3-2 away defeat to bottom team Sunderland last weekend.

The Blues have been looking forward to next season for a couple of weeks, especially after the appointment of Antonio Conte as their next coach, and are looking to revamp their roster during the summer transfer window.

One of Chelsea’s objectives is to add a new striker and Conte wants to bring Southampton’s Graziano Pelle to Stamford Bridge. He is willing to pay £8 million for the Italy international, according to The Sun.

Pelle has just one year left on his contract at The Saints, and has provided ten goals and six assists in 28 Premier League appearances this season.

Meanwhile, John Terry looks set for a switch to China, as The Sun reports that the defender has received a £12million-a-year deal offer to join the Chinese Super League.

Which club has made the offer is not certain, but the report points to clubs with Chelsea/England links, like Guangzhou Evergrande (Felipe Scolari), Shanghai SIPG (Sven-Goran Eriksson), Jiangsu Suning (Dan Petrescu), and Shanghai Shenhua (Demba Ba).

Terry played 18 years at Chelsea and was supposed to get a farewell at Stamford Bridge during the club’s final home game against Leicester City. However, the 35-year-old saw a red card in the dying seconds of the encounter with Sunderland and will be suspended.

In other news, Juventus are ready to drop their interest in Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes and move for Roma’s Miralem Pjanic this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football-Italia).

That means Chelsea are facing stiff competition for the Bosnian playmaker, who has a £30 million release clause in his contract at the Serie A outlet.

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