Chelsea warned about signing top 24-year-old striker
Jamie Redknapp has raised one issue with Chelsea target Alvaro Morata, who is thought to be top of the club's list to replace Diego Costa
Jamie Redknapp has warned Chelsea that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata lacks regular first-team experience.
The Spain international has emerged as a top target for the Premier League champions after Manchester United won the race to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
Chelsea had been heavily linked with a move to bring the 24-year-old striker back to Stamford Bridge but the Red Devils managed to wrap up a £75m deal last weekend.
The Blues are now targeting Morata, who is also 24, as manager Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
Conte granted Diego Costa permission to leave the English champions this summer, which has placed further pressure on Chelsea to find a replacement before their return to the Champions League.
Writing in his Sky Sports column, former Liverpool and Tottenham skipper Redknapp appeared to question whether Morata is the solution to Chelsea’s striker conundrum.
“I do worry about Chelsea now though because Costa was so good,” Redknapp said.
“These players are not easy to find. You could sign Alvaro Morata who is extremely talented but he doesn’t get regular games at Real.
“It is really difficult to find the players you want, who can make the difference Diego Costa did, especially with the style Chelsea play.
“It worked so well last season so to not see him in a Chelsea shirt will be hard for the players and certainly the fans because he’s been extremely successful for them.”
Costa scored 20 times in 35 games in the Premier League last season to help the west London side to win their second title in three seasons.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane used Morata sparingly as the promising striker scored a mere 15 times in 26 games in all competitions.