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Chelsea table big money move for world-class striker amidst doubts about Morata

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It's fair to say Alvaro Morata has not lived up to expectations at Chelsea this season.

After losing star striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, Antonio Conte turned to Morata to fill the void.

Early indications suggested it would be a wise move, with the former Real Madrid man netting six times in his opening six Premier League games.

However, the striker's form dropped dramatically after notching a hat-trick against Stoke in September, and he has added just four league goals since then.

The Spaniard has had no shortage of critics in the past few months, and he appears to be falling out of favour with Antonio Conte too, with the Italian leaving him out of the starting line-up for important meetings with Manchester City and Barcelona in recent weeks.

CHELSEA TABLE MOVE FOR STRIKER

And, it seems that Morata's form has convinced Conte to search for a new striker in the transfer market.

According to AS, question marks have emerged over Morata's suitability to the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, and they want to bring in another world-class striker as a result.

The man they are targeting is Inter Milan's captain Mauro Icardi, and it is believed that Chelsea have already made an opening offer of €63 million for his services.

However, Chelsea may have to up their offer to a seven figure sum if they want Inter to part with their star player.

WILL ICARDI LEAVE?

It's easy to see why Chelsea are interested in the Argentine.

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Icardi has scored 100 times in 172 appearances for the Italian club across five seasons, including netting 22 times in 26 games this campaign.

He has had trouble with the fans at the Milan based club before, but that trouble seems a thing of the past now with Icardi recently announcing his intentions to stay at the club for the next few years.

"I can see myself at Inter when I’m 30, I hope to have a long career here," he said earlier this week. "I want to win titles in the Inter shirt; this club hasn’t won anything for too long."

If those words are anything to go by, Icardi will be staying put in Milan for the time being.

However, if Chelsea are to convince him to make the move to Stamford Bridge, they will undoubtedly need to pay his current employers a considerable amount of money.

As for Morata? Who knows what would happen to him if Chelsea get a deal over the line for Icardi.

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Alvaro Morata
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