Chelsea are reported to have ended their interest in Everton forward Romelu Lukaku and have turned their attention to Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, according to The Mirror.

The Blues are believed to be in the market for a new number nine and have been linked with a move to resign the Belgium international all summer long.

However, with it emerging that Lukaku is set to stay at Goodison Park, Antonio Conte’s men will seemingly need to focus on other targets.

Mandzukic has not been guaranteed first-team football at Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or current club Juventus and as such is consistently in the transfer rumour columns.

The Croatia international partnered Paulo Dybala in the Bianconeri’s attack in the 2-1 victory against Fiorentina on the opening day of Serie A, though.

That said, Mandzukic was replaced by substitute and club record signing Gonzalo Higuain in the second half, with the Argentine scoring the winner for Max Allegri’s men.

With the new star expected to lead the line for the Turin giants, the Croatian striker looks likely to face lengthy periods on the sidelines.

Despite the link to Chelsea, it remains to be seen whether the West London club actually need a new striker, with both Diego Costa and new signing Michy Batshuayi getting on the scoresheet against Watford yesterday.


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