Struggling Chelsea are considering a shock move for former Spain striker Alvaro Morata.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for a leader before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Already Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on loan, just a year after his club-record £97.5million move from Italy.
And Timo Werner has also re-signed for RB Leipzig on a permanent deal, leaving Chelsea without an attacking third.
Former Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling was signed at the start of the summer but no direct replacement for Lukaku has been found.
And Sport report that Chelsea have identified Morata as an option.
Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, remains Tuchel’s No.1 priority after talks with Barcelona.
And the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal for the striker, Sky Sports have reported.
Tuchel managed Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and remains a fan of the player, with personal terms no problem.
It is claimed that the two clubs are locked in advanced talks for a deal between £15m and £25m.
Chelsea had grown frustrated and prepared to focus on other targets, including Morata.
The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2017 for £60million but struggled in his two seasons in England.
Morata left after just 24 goals in 72 games for Atletico Madrid in 2019 on an 18-month loan and subsequently signed for £58million.
The striker then joined Juventus, six years after leaving the club, on a two-year loan, but this season returned to Atletico.
Morata scored twice on his first start of the season but remains linked with a start and his valuation is said to be £21million.
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