Chelsea and Everton favourites to sign Graziano Pelle

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Southampton are ready to let Italian striker Graziano Pelle leave the club this summer with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Everton favourites to sign the striker.

Pelle has one year left on his contract at Southampton and according to the Telegraph, there are no plans to renew his deal at St Mary's. The arrival of Charlie Austin in January put Pelle's place under threat, and further long-term replacements could be added this summer after Sadio Mane departed the club for a fee that could rise to £38 million.

The Italian had an impressive tournament at Euro 2016, scoring twice in his country's vital wins against Belgium and Spain. However, he missed a penalty in the quarter-final shootout as Italy were dumped out by favourites Germany.


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It's likely that Southampton will demand a high price for the 30-year-old and are holding out for offers between £10 million and £20 million, even though the striker only has one year left on his contract.

There is reported interest from Serie A and the Chinese Super League, but two Premier League sides, Chelsea and Everton, have emerged as favourites to sign the striker.

The Stamford Bridge-based outfit have already released forwards Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao this summer and Diego Costa's future is still uncertain. Pelle would be seen as a solid backup to new signing Michy Batshuayi, who joined from Marseille on Sunday.

However Everton, now managed by former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, are also interested in the player. The Dutchman was able to get the best out of Pelle while he was at Southampton and knows the striker very well from his days at Feyenoord, even if their relationship was a little strained towards the end of last season.

If Pelle is ready to leave St Mary's this summer, he will likely have the choice between linking up with his former national team coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea, or old club manager Koeman on Merseyside.

Whichever club he chooses will surely be boosted by the Italian's arrival, as both will battle it out to improve on their frustrating Premier League campaigns last season.

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