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March 16, 2017
Chelsea are reportedly targeting both Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata to replace Diego Costa this summer.
According to The Sun‘s Anthony Chapman, the Blues are prepared to sell Costa “for a huge fee” and want to bring in the Everton and Real Madrid strikers in his place to facilitate a move to a 3-5-2 formation, which manager Antonio Conte employed at Juventus.
Per the Daily Mail‘s Dominic King, Lukaku has confirmed he will not sign a new deal at Everton and has ambitions of moving to a bigger club.
Meanwhile, Morata has largely been restricted to a back-up role at the Santiago Bernabeu following his return in the summer.
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The pair have both had impressive campaigns—here’s a look at their respective numbers:
|Lukaku vs. Morata 2016-17 Stats (All Competitions)|
Lukaku played for Chelsea earlier in his youth, but he was given just 15 senior appearances to prove himself—a number of which were off the bench—and did not manage to score for the Blues before moving to the Toffees.
The Belgian idolises Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, though:
R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 @RomeluLukaku9
Happy birthday to one of my realest person i know. You still inspire me untill this day. God bless you and enjoy today @didierdrogba https://t.co/kZZjYKSzz8
3/11/2017, 7:08:25 PM
The 23-year-old shares many attributes with the former Stamford Bridge stalwart, not least of all his power and eye for goal.
Indeed, Lukaku already boasts an impressive goal record despite his age, per Squawka Football:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Romelu Lukaku has already scored 158 goals for club & country by the age of 23.
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Morata’s is far more modest, having netted a total of 71 goals for Juventus, Real Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla and Spain, though it’s worth noting that 33 of them came in the UEFA Champions League, including one in the 2015 final against Barcelona.
Per J.L. Guerrero of AS, his minutes-per-goal ratio this season is better than each of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, so while he may not be as prolific as Lukaku, he’s a potent player in the final third.
The pair would make tremendous additions to the Blues’ squad, and as excellent a player as Costa is, it would be worth letting him go if it would help fund bringing both players in.