Chelsea are keeping their eye on Aleksandar Mitrovic after the striker’s strong start to the new campaign at London rivals Fulham, reports The Mirror.

The Serbian, who spent the second half of last term on loan at Craven Cottage before joining permanently from Newcastle United for £22 million in the summer, has four goals from five Premier League matches.

And he was also on target twice for his country in their 2-2 draw with Romania earlier this month.

It would appear that Chelsea are now interested in securing his signature, although Mitrovic’s value will have risen considerably over the past few weeks.

The Blues have only Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud as recognised senior strikers and it remains to be seen whether new manager Maurizio Sarri has faith in the pair to spearhead a push for a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League.

The former arrived for £60 million in July of 2017, but despite making a strong start to his career in England the Spaniard’s form tailed off badly as the season wore on.

As for Giroud, Chelsea landed him from Arsenal in January but he turns 32 at the end of September.

Nonetheless, the France international started in the 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at the weekend and despite not scoring will have impressed his boss with some exceptional link-up play, particularly with hat-trick hero Eden Hazard.

That display may put Giroud ahead of Morata in the Stamford Bridge pecking order for the time being but until a fresh face comes in to bolster the Blues’ attack, talk of Mitrovic may well continue to circulate.

Sarri’s men travel to Greece to take on PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, before what promises to be a fiery clash with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.


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