Gianfranco Zola tells Chelsea to sign this striker right now

Gianfranco Zola would love to see Chelsea sign Andrea Belotti from Torino this summer

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Gianfranco Zola has urged Chelsea to make a bid to sign Andrea Belotti from Torino this summer.

The Blues were heavily linked with a bid to bring Romelu Lukaku to the club throughout the transfer window but the west London side were beaten to the signature of the Belgian forward by Manchester United over the weekend.

Chelsea are thought to be keen to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season, but the Blues have so far only been able to bring in Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger.

Alvaro Morata is another name to have been linked with a possible move to Chelsea in recent days as Antonio Conte prepares his team for a return to the Champions League next season.

However, former Chelsea star Zola reckons that the Blues should make a move to try and sign Belotti from Torino.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday, Zola said: “To be honest, I was thinking Chelsea should go for Andrea Belotti in Italy.

“I thought that considering the type of qualities Costa has, that Belotti was the perfect fit.

“Morata is a little bit different, he’s more of a finesse player. He hasn’t got the presence of a player like Costa in the box. He’s a different player, he brings other qualities.

“Costa was very influential last season, he’s a type of player who fits with the style of football at Chelsea, and that [finding a like-for-like replacement] will be the key for Chelsea.”

Chelsea’s players returned to Cobham for pre-season training on Monday as they gear up for their second campaign under Conte at Stamford Bridge and a return to the Champions League.

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