With Antonio Conte set to take the reigns at Chelsea once he finishes his work with the Italian national side this summer, rumours have been circulating about the possible transfer activity that could take place over the next few months.
A lot of names have been mentioned, but among the most prominent has regarded former Blue Romelu Lukaku. The Everton forward struggled to breakthrough to the first team during his first spell and will have a point to prove if Chelsea can convince his current club to sell.
Another player that has been linked to join Lukaku at Stamford Bridge is Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. The transfer could cost as much as £40 million and if that turns out to be true, Conte would have little choice but to play his pricey purchase every week. Although, Lukaku could cost a similar amount and would also expect to be a first team player after notching 18 goals in the Premier League this season.
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Conte tends to roll out a 3-5-2 formation and these rumours show his ambition. This should delight Chelsea fans, who will find the prospect of the striking duo forging a deadly partnership very tantalising as the club enters a new era.
However, Chelsea already have the talents of one of the league's deadliest strikers at their disposal - Diego Costa. Costa only scored 16 goals this season, but his overall record at the club (37 strikes from 78 matches) is still impressive.
Combine this with two emerging talents in the form of young pair Kenedy and Bertrand Traore - a deadly picture is being painted.
Even if Conte completes just these two deals this summer, the Italian would have established one of the most fearsome strike forces in the league. Lukaku and Costa are already very familiar with the rigours of the Premier League will provide a consistent stream of goals and allow the other forwards more time to adapt to the division.
The youthful nature of Morata, Lukaku and Traore means that - in theory - they can still improve, which should keep Chelsea fighting for honours for many years to come.
Another key aspect to consider is that with such an array of quality forwards, the manager will be able to rotate his squad during fixture congestion without the fear of losing a goal threat - easing the burden on Costa, who has often been forced to play through injuries in recent years.
The intentions Chelsea are showing should strike fear into their opponents. It should mean the club can handle injuries and drops in form and continue to fire on all cylinders.
Conte's appointment as manager has been slightly undermined by the arrivals of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, but these two potential arrivals would certainly force people to take the Italian tactician - and Chelsea - far more seriously.
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