Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will still be smarting at the fact that they failed to land the signature of Romelu Lukaku, a deal that for many looked like it was going to be odds on for the Belgian international to return to Stamford Bridge.
As we all know by now the former Everton striker is now a current Manchester United player as Jose Mourinho managed to get one over his former employers as the Red Devils beat the West London club to the signature of the 24 yer old.
But Chelsea cannot afford to lick their wounds for too much longer as they still need to find a striker of their own, after putting almost all of their eggs in the Lukaku shaped basket they are now going to have to place them elsewhere.
And it could very well be a previous Manchester United target that ends up moving to Stamford Bridge instead with the man in question being none other than Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, a player who is now left seeking a new club after the interest of the Europa League winners was ended once the signature of Lukaku was complete.
For the same reasons that the Spanish international was ready to move to Old Trafford they could be just as entertained in regards to a move to Chelsea. The most pertinent of these is the fact that the player who like Romelu Lukaku is also 24 years old is looking for regular first team football.
That is something that Chelsea will certainly be able to offer as they have already cleared the decks in preparation for the arrival of what is now Manchester United property. Therefore it would be easy enough for the Morata who spent two seasons at Juventus to slot in at the top of the attack line.
The potential sticking point is the one that led Manchester United to look elsewhere and that is the fact that the La Liga and Champions League winners from last season may drag their heels in terms of the price that is required to acquire the services of Morata.
It is a fee that is seemingly fluctuating anywhere between £60 – 80 million pounds which when you consider that Chelsea did table a bid of £75m for Lukaku is not a price which is outside the realms of possibility, the key now will be to get Los Blancos to finally decide on what value they are going to put on the player.
Should Florentino Perez be indecisive for too long and a move fails to get out of first gear then Chelsea boss Antonio Conte may have no other option but to call on Diego Costa, it was reported last month that the former Atletico Madrid forward was no longer in his plans.
That was a decision made by Antonio Conte on the assumption that he was set to add a new star striker to the squad but if that fails to be the case then the former Italy and Juventus boss may well have to swallow his pride and inform Costa that he is part of his plans after all.
One thing that is for sure is that Costa will not be allowed to move until Chelsea exhaust every option available to them in regards to a new forward, but to be honest they are not a great deal of world class strikers up for grabs right now and you could argue that perhaps Morata is not in that bracket just yet.
As of now it does put Chelsea’s Costa in a position of strength as he’ll either move on and get first team football or should his current employers fail to land a new player to replace him then life will carry on as normal for the two time Premier League winner.
So now with Chelsea stepping up their hunt for Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and everyone else who is keenly watching this scenario unfold will now play the waiting game to see just exactly who the ins and outs are in the next few weeks.