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Chelsea plot move for Batshuayi replacement

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has already made up his shortlist of targets to replace Michy Batshuayi during the winter transfer window. The Belgium international has struggled to find the scoresheet in his two Premier League starts this term.

The Italian coach had underlined the need for an understudy to Alvaro Morata in the summer, but they ultimately failed to sign another marksman before the transfer deadline.

Fernando Llorente was identified as a potential target prior to deadline day, but the Blues were outbid by Tottenham Hotspur, who pursued the Spaniard from Swansea City.

According to The Telegraph, Batshuayi could be loaned out for the second half of the campaign with the Blues on the search for a fresh recruit.

Among the list of targets are Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy from the Premier League, while former Juventus graduate Richmond Boakye is also on the radar.

Boakye, currently with Red Star Belgrade, is expected to be monitored during his side’s Europa League double-header versus London rivals Arsenal.

Batshuayi has found success in the League Cup and Champions League with five goals in three appearances, but Conte is still not convinced whether the Belgian can excel in the top-flight.