Sevilla closing in to complete a loan move for Chelsea striker

Ross Houston
January 19, 2018

With Everton manger Sam Allardyce saying that their new signing Cenk Tosun was the best striker available in the market for £27 million, perhaps a £20 million move for Andy Carroll wouldn't be so awful.

A number of newspapers have picked up on reports in Italy linking Chelsea with Roma defender Emerson Palmieri.

Chelsea have turned their attentions to Crouch after another target, West Ham United's Andy Carroll, was ruled out of action for a month with an ankle problem.

But, it makes you think, if Carroll falls to the same unfortunate fate, he can't have too much time left on his hands.

Carroll had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but now that appears to be unlikely after a scan revealed the severity of his injury on Thursday.

Conte's side finally ended a barren-spell in front of goal that lasted 331 minutes when Michy Batshuayi scored in their FA Cup third-round win against Championship side Norwich. The 25-year-old is five games without a goal, but it is the missed chances that have got Chelsea fans thinking about a change.

That has led Sevilla to consider other targets and Sturridge, who is reportedly interested in a January move in search of regular first-team football, is the back-up option.

It has been claimed that Chelsea do not want to commit to major changes in this window while manager Antonio Conte's future at the club is in doubt.

The committee can also look into transfers which occurred over the past 10 years, leaving Chelsea quite susceptible to being punished.

In his tactical nous, Conte has been reluctant to implement his backup striker, Michy Batshuayi, who was signed from Marseille for a whopping transfer fee of £33.2million in the summer of 2016.

"Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken", Marotta told Sky Sport Italia on Wednesday.

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