Shortsightedness to blame for Chelsea's self-inflicted striker woes

Margot Aubert
Juillet 15, 2017

Chelsea's failed attempt to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton certainly caused plenty of consternation among Blues supporters who took to social media in droves to voice frustration and angst at an outcome that saw the Belgium international shun Stamford Bridge in favour of Old Trafford, Manchester United, and a curious reunification with former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho is apparently looking to beef up his midfield options for the upcoming season and believes the 28-year-old would be the perfect player to eventually replace the ageing Michael Carrick.

After missing out on Lukaku, Conte's search for a striker to succeed Costa goes on, but he seems to have already identified the midfielder to succeed Matic.

Jose Mourinho is waiting to hear if Chelsea will sell them Nemanja Matic this summer.

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According to Law, Matic is "desperate to force his way out of Chelsea". Internazionale's interest was ended by the financial demands of Matic, but Juventus would likely be able to meet those demands.

"I want to thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that number". That includes Arsenal, who have looked at Matic.

Joining Chelsea in 2014 for £21m, Matic has been a crucial part of the club's recent success.

Chelsea announced on Friday that Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon has signed a two-year contract extension ahead of another loan move to Fulham.

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Bakayoko, 22, helped drive Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season and also into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Chelsea open the defence of their Premier League crown at home against Burnley on August 12.

With hindsight things could have been a lot less problematic at the Bridge, the venue of the greatest soap opera in football.

And Baars also played in the Under-18s' 6-0 win over SV Ebensee in Austria. Chelsea will march on and the current frustrations will be forgotten.

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