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Gianfranco Zola tells Chelsea to sign this striker right now

13 July 2017

The Blues priority target was Romelu Lukaku, but the Belgian snubbed a return to Stamford Bridge in favour of a £75million move to Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old scored 26 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season in a side that could only manage a ninth-placed finish.

But the nine-time Italy global is contracted until mid-2021 and Cairo said it would take €100m for an overseas club to secure Belotti's signature.

Zola told talkSPORT: "To be honest, I was thinking Chelsea should go for Andrea Belotti in Italy".

Lukaku's move to Manchester United is believed to have angered Antonio Conte and forced Chelsea into a change of plan with their number one forward target off the table.

"He has a €100m (£89m) release clause".

Belotti has a €100m (£88m) release clause in his current contract with Torino and La Stampa reports that the Premier League champions will bid close to that amount.

"As far as I know, there has been no offer from Chelsea, but we are here if it does happen".

"I chose the clause to be €100m overseas remember, because it is very high and for the moment no-one has come in for him", Cairo said.

"They weren't real offers, but there were contacts. I thought that considering the type of qualities Costa has, that Belotti was the ideal fit", he told talkSPORT. I don't want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.

'The clause is there, but we have to understand what he thinks because it's important for a player to stay with the desire to do well.

"I want to talk to him, I want a confirmation".

"We'll also need to talk about a potential deadline for any sale and won't discuss it beyond that date".

Gianfranco Zola tells Chelsea to sign this striker right now