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Transfer News: Chelsea to go after Patson Daka as Romelu Lukaku alternative

According to transfer news from Mirror, Chelsea have identified Patson Daka as an alternative to Romelu Lukaku. The Blues have been mighty impressed with the Zambian striker’s exploits for RedBull Salzburg and are keen to sign him.

It is public knowledge at this point that Chelsea are on the lookout for a new and prolific goalscorer. The pursuit of a new centre-forward is very much understandable given the situation of some of our current options in the striker position.

Foto Piero Cruciatti / LaPresse 08/03/21 – Milano, Italia Calcio Inter vs Atalanta Campionato italiano di calcio Serie A TIM 2020-2021 – San Siro Stadium Nella foto: Romelu Lukaku Foto Piero Cruciatti / LaPresse 08/03/21 – Milan, Italy Sport, Soccer Inter vs Atalanta Italian Football Championship Serie A TIM 2020-2021 – San Siro Stadium In the photo: Romelu Lukaku.

Initially, Chelsea wanted to re-sign their former striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is coming off the back of a splendid season at Inter, pushing Inter to the title. However, Chelsea might have to look in a new direction after Lukaku admitted that he was going to remain at Inter.

Chelsea are now looking at Patson Daka

In looking for alternatives, Chelsea have stumbled upon Patson Daka of RedBull Salzburg. Daka began his journey with Nchanga Rangers in his homeland before joining Kafue Celtic. He then spent half a season on loan with Liefering before joining RB Salzburg in the summer of 2017.

Salzburg, Oesterreich 04. April 2021: tipico Bundesliga – 2020/2021 – Sp. 23 – RB Salzburg vs. Sturm Graz re. Patson Daka FC Red Bull Salzburg, jubelt nach seinem Tor zum 2:0. Red Bull Arena *** Salzburg, Oesterreich 04 April 2021 tipico Bundesliga 2020 2021 Sp 23 RB Salzburg vs Sturm Graz re Patson Daka FC Red Bull Salzburg , cheers after his goal to make it 2 0 Red Bull Arena Copyright: xFotostandx/xWassmuthx

Though he initially struggled in the club’s senior set-up, he was a part of the side which won the league in 2017/18 and the following campaign. Last season, he led the team to the league title with 31 goals and also helped Salzburg lift the Austrian Cup title. He has been prolific this season as well, with 34 goals and 12 assists in just 42 games. The bonus for Chelsea is the fact that Daka has been valued at a modest £17m.

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Chelsea’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku was there to be seen but now the striker wants to stay back at Inter. The club do need an established striker to solve their issues up top. A move for Daka could be smart from Chelsea given his price tag. They could save themselves a gargantuan amount of money in doing so.

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