Gianfranco Zola suggests Chelsea should sign top 23-year-old striker

Gianfranco Zola suggests that Chelsea could sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti to replace Diego Costa this summer

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Torino striker Andrea Belotti Photo: Andrea Belotti / Twitter

Gianfranco Zola has suggested that Chelsea try and replace Diego Costa by signing Italian striker Andrea Belotti this summer.

Costa’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent days after Antonio Conte allegedly informed the Spanish striker that he considers him to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

It remains to be seen whether Costa will still be a Chelsea player at the start of next season, but the Spanish striker’s situation looks set to continue being a source of debate in the coming weeks and months.

Torino star Belotti has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past and Chelsea legend Zola has suggested that he could be the perfect replacement for Costa should the striker leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Zola told Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by Metro:

“He [Costa] is a huge player, capable of doing everything. But it’s true that he’s quite complicated to manage.”

Pressed on who Chelsea could sign to replace Costa, Zola added: “He [Belotti] will have to adapt to the requirements of English football, but he has great technical qualities.

“I think he could go on and do great things in England.”

Chelsea have inevitably been linked with a host of players in recent weeks but the Blues are yet to officially confirm the signing of any stars this summer.

Conte will want to bolster his squad significantly this summer as he prepares his team for a return to the Champions League next season.

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