Date: 16th August 2017 at 11:13am
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Chelsea are reportedly still working on a deal to land Italy international forward Andrea Belotti this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The defending Premier League champions, who shockingly suffered a 3-2 defeat to the hands of Burnley on Saturday in their opening 2017-18 top-flight fixture, have been continuously linked with luring the Torino hitman to Stamford Bridge this transfer window.

The 23-year-old, who has nine international caps for the Azzurri, has already scored twice this season after netting a brace in the Serie A side’s 7-1 thrashing of Trapani in the Coppa Italia.

Belotti, who has also previously played for Italian outfits AlbinoLeffe and Palermo, scored a remarkable 28 goals and provided eight assists in 38 appearances in all competitions for Torino last season.

Italy’s Andrea Belotti.

Following their disastrous Premier League opener, the report suggests Blues boss Antonio Conte is still keen on signing Belotti, despite landing Spain international Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in a club-record £60m deal earlier this summer.

Belotti, who has netted 42 times overall for Torino, is valued at around £80m and is wanted by Chelsea as a long-term replacement for fellow forward Diego Costa, who remains in Brazil having been told he is surplus to requirements this campaign.

 
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