Chelsea interested in Leicester star, £62m failed bid for striker and more

Chelsea have reportedly identified Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as a replacement for Diego Costa.

The Blues have already signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid this summer, but according to the Mirror, Blues boss Antonio Conte also wants to bring in a striker with Premier League experience.

The Italian has reportedly identified Vardy as a potential recruitment this summer. The 30-year-old scored 13 league goals for the Foxes last season and has already scored a couple this season.

The England international was a target for Arsenal last summer, but he eventually decided to sign a new contract with the Foxes.

According to a report from Italy, the Blues have had a huge £62m bid turn down for Torino striker Andrea Belotti.

Tuttosport claims that the Turin side want to keep hold of the high-profile striker, and will only allow him to leave if his release clause of £88m is activated by any of the interested clubs.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the top strikers in Italy following his spectacular season with Torino. Last season, he scored 26 goals in 35 league appearances for Torino to cement his position as one of the most sought-after players in Italy.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also currently in negotiations over the transfer fee for Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Daily Mail claims that both clubs remain £10m apart in the valuation of the England international. The Foxes reportedly want £40m for their Premier League winning midfielder while the Blues are eager to wrap up the deal at £30m.

Both clubs reportedly held talks last Friday, and the negotiations are set to continue this week. The 27-year-old is said to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

 

Meanwhile, the Blues also continue to get linked with Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

Both players have only one year left on their current deals with their respective clubs. Barkley has already turned down a new offer from the Toffees while the Gunners are still hopeful of tying their player down to a new deal.

 

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