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Chelsea turn attention to Mauro Icardi after Romelu Lukaku swoop fails

9 Aug

Although main striker Diego Costa has also been told he cannot leave, the former Italy coach knows he needs back-up if the Spain ace fails to sparkle for a second year running.

Lukaku’s understudy in the Belgium team, Michy Batshuayi, has already been signed for £33m from Marseille but the 22-year-old is seen as a player for the future.

An alternative to Icardi could be Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa. Just 19 he has starred for Santos over the past three seasons, netting 53 goals in 139 games.

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