Chelsea interested in Mario Mandzukic

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Chelsea may have won both of their games in the Premier League so far this season but Antonio Conte is still keen to improve his squad before the transfer window closes.

The Blues are not competing in Europe this season but Conte feels another striker is required to ease the workload on Diego Costa and £33 million signing Michy Batshuayi.

Romelu Lukaku has been their prime target for the majority of the summer but since Everton boss Ronald Koeman confirmed the Belgian will be staying with him, Chelsea have been forced to review their options.

Mario Mandzukic is now thought to be Conte's preferred target and, according to The Mirror, is set to make a move for the Juventus star.

The Croatian forward has only been in Turin for 12 months but the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain for £75.3 million has meant Mandzukic is expected to play a reduced role for the Italian champions.

It's extremely likely he would be asked to take up a similar position in the squad at Stamford Bridge so of course there is no guarantee Mandzukic would be prepared to move without the assurance of regular football.

During their pursuit for Lukaku, Chelsea were being linked with offers worth over £60 million while a move for Mandzukic is only expected to cost £25 million.

The fee is still £9m more than Juventus paid Atletico Madrid in 2015 so some may still consider the asking price to be steep for a forward who scored just 13 times last season.

Mandzukic has struggled to rediscover the form he displayed for Bayern Munich between 2012-14, where he scored 48 goals from 88 games.

The 30-year-old still has enough pedigree to attract Conte's interest in his services, though.

Costa's current form will make it difficult for any incoming striker to get in the team after two goals from as many games.

He appears to be somewhere close to his devasting best and seems to be thriving in Conte's strict new regime.

Double training sessions and unusual food bans have both been key features to the Italian's success in the past and it seems to be working at Chelsea as they have picked up a maximum six points from their first two games of the season.

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