It appears Chelsea may be loading up on strikers.
Just a day after they signed Belgian star Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for $44 million, Antonio Conte could add another forward: Graziano Pelle.
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According to Sky Sport Italia, Conte wants his countryman to join him at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Pelle, 30, only has one year remaining on his contract at Southampton and starred for Conte (despite that horrendous penalty kick in the quarterfinal against Germany) at EURO 2016. Chelsea’s new manager will officially start his role in the next few days after the Azzurri exited this summer’s European Championshis after penalty kick heartbreak but with plenty of plaudits.
Towering Pelle impressed throughout, scoring a goal late on in impressive victories over Belgium and Spain, while his hold up play during the tournament certain added a few more zeroes to his transfer value. With Radamel Falcao and Pato both exiting Chelse on loan, the Blues have Loic Remy, Diego Costa and Bertrand Traore as their current forward options. Adding Batshuayi
James Rodriguez, 24, could be on the move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Yahoo Sports France reports that a deal is in the works for the Colombian national team captain to join PSG from Real this summer. James starred for Colombia during the Copa America Centenario, scoring two goals and leading Los Cafeteros to a third-place finish, but at Real Madrid he finds himself behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the pecking order.
The report states that James likes the idea of moving to PSG and working with new manager Unai Emery and if he does arrive he will join a host of new names after Hatem Ben Arfa, Thomas Meunier and Grzegorz Krychowiak all arrived this summer.
It is believe that Manchester United is still heavily interested in the forward but with Jose Mourinho’s side unable to offer James action in the UEFA Champions League, he may see PSG as a better fit.
Alan Pardew splashed $17 million to sign Andros Townsend and with Wilfried Zaha already on the books at Selhurst Park, two into three doesn’t go. Of course, Bolasie could play centrally but with Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Manchester United and Everton all said to be chasing the DR Congo winger, maybe the Eagles will cash in. Yes, Bolasie’s pace is a huge asset but his lackluster finishing and final product often lets him down.
More reports state that Everton could be interested in signing Juan Mata from Manchester United.
Mata, 28, worked under new Everton boss Ronald Koeman at Valencia and with Mourinho taking over at United this summer (he sold Mata to United when they were both at Chelsea) perhaps the Spaniard will want to play for a manager who appreciates his qualities a little more.
That said, it would be a huge fee and salary for Everton to gobble up and would Mata really not want to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place under Mourinho?
The Daily Telegraph believes Mata could move on to escape Mourinho.