Chelsea need to move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of fellow striker targets Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti, according to former defender Marcel Desailly.
The Blues completed the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko this afternoon as they added their third summer signing but manager Antonio Conte is hopeful of making three more – and one of those will certainly include a new striker with Diego Costa set to move back to Atletico Madrid.
Aubameyang has emerged as the leading target in their pursuit of a new frontman but Chelsea have also been linked with Real Madrid striker Morata and Torino’s Belotti as they ramp up their efforts to bring in a new goal-getter for the 2017/18 season.
And Desailly believes Aubameyang is the perfect fit for Chelsea under Conte, despite him differing from initial striker target Romelu Lukaku, who ended up at Manchester United, and Costa.
“Lukaku was the top target for him,” he told Express Sport.
“He identified that he’s strong, he can hold the ball and he can make the difference.
“He moves really well, if they play three up front with Eden Hazard on the left he can move really well, he’s very flexible.
“But Morata, does he fit really? Does he hold the ball, does he have the speed of projection he is asking for? So it is a blow for him really.
“For me, Aubameyang will be the best player to adapt for the Conte system.
“Or, maybe let’s sit down with Diego Costa and bring him back in the system.”