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3 Strikers That Could Replace Costa if He Leaves Chelsea

Sunday 15th January 2017
Diego Costa is on the wrong side of the news again – this time, the Premier League's top scorer might just be on his way out of Chelsea after an argument with Antonio Conte following a mega offer from China. If he does leave either in January or the coming summer, who could Chelsea look to as a replacement?
A few weeks ago, Antonio Conte and Diego Costa were more like bread and butter – they could be seen hugging passionately after games – the love was something similar to that of a father and son.

However, things got pretty rocky a couple of days ago, when Costa reportedly complained of having a niggling back problem, which was causing him plenty of discomforts. However, fitness coach Paolo Bertelli was not having any of it and insisted the striker was fit. Things got heated up when Antonio Conte intervened, and the manager believed Bertelli's side of the tale.

On top of that, it is thought there is a £30million-a-year Chinese offer for Costa which was no news to Conte and his crew – in the heat of the argument, Conte yelled at Costa – “go off to China then!” the striker was subsequently left out of the Chelsea team that travelled to Leicester.

The long and short of the Conte-Costa saga is that Chelsea might well be losing their top scorer sooner rather than later. If this becomes a reality, Chelsea will need to search for a replacement as soon as possible (no disrespect to Michy Batshuayi).

There are just a few strikers who can fit into the potential huge void that would be left by Costa if he leaves.

Here are three strikers that would be a perfect fit for the Blues:

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata is one player who is being stifled in the Real Madrid ranks; this is one young man who could easily be one of the best strikers in the world. At Real Madrid, Morata plays second fiddle to Karim Benzema, but yours sincerely thinks it should be the other way round.

The man from Spain has scored five times in 12 La Liga games for Real this season, he's also provided two assists – the fact is, Morata could've done more if he's had more playing time.

Arsenal has unsuccessfully courted the 24-year old Spaniard for some time, but with more financial muscle, buoyed by the money from Oscar's transfer and a potential Costa exit, Chelsea can easily tempt Florentino Perez to let go.

Morata (24) is young, he's quick, knows where the goal is. He's over 6-feet tall and can shoot with both feet; definitely a perfect fit for the Premier League and Chelsea.

Edinson Cavani

Famed for constantly missing sitters, Edinson Cavani is a striker who is never shy from criticism. However, this is a man who can score. The numbers he posts are quite impressive, to say the least; Cavani has more goals (17) than games (16) in the French League 1 this season – I'm a firm believer that he can replicate that form in the Premier League.

Chelsea has trailed Cavani in the past, however, a deal never materialised. At 29, Cavani is just entering his prime, and with the sort of form we've seen from Ibrahimovic at 34, then we can still expect Cavani to perform at a top level for at least 3 more years. The Uruguayan will certainly be a good replacement for Costa.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gabonese striker has been a revelation in Europe for the last couple of seasons for Dortmund. Aubameyang has proved that he is a striker who can put the ball in the back of the net, no questions asked.

Being one of the most prolific strikers in Europe's top 5 leagues this season, Dortmund greatly will rue his absence due to the African Cup of Nations which starts today in Aubameyang's home country; but the Yellow Wall could miss him a lot more if Chelsea turn their sights towards him as a potential replacement for Costa.

Aubameyang would certainly prefer a move to Madrid to join Zidane's team, but Real Madrid are not looking towards the Gabonese and Chelsea could offer the striker a new lease of life.

With a striker like Aubameyang who can deliver the goods, Chelsea will scarcely miss Costa.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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