Reports suggest the Premier League champions remain interested in Manchester United target Alvaro Morata but several other big names are being linked with moves to Stamford Bridge in the coming months.
With Diego Costa expected to move on from the Blues, though, Cole has urged Antonio Conte to secure the signing of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku who he believes is the ideal replacement for the Spaniard.
‘Obviously the Costa thing has come out. Conte has told him that he wants him out so you would be looking at a striker,’ the ex-England winger told Goal.
‘Lukaku, there’s a market for him, and you are competing for players. I like Lukaku. I’d take Lukaku, he is like for like with Costa, but they only need one or two players and just keep the continuity going.
Romelu Lukaku’s Premier League season
‘I don’t know his character so it is hard to say [whether the comeback could affect him], but I would say is that the pressure is different when you play for Chelsea, rather than Everton. He is younger [than Costa], that’s in his favour.’
It’s understood both Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero are also on Chelsea’s radar and Cole believes either forward would be a more sensible option than Real Madrid’s Morata.
‘Sergio Aguero is in his prime, Alexis Sanchez is in his prime,’ Cole added.
‘I think one of them three could be enough to make sure Chelsea are not weakened and maybe strengthened a little bit as well. The club will have to do their due diligence on the characters as well.
Alvaro Morata’s La Liga season
‘The financial structure of it and the cost… I wouldn’t look outside of Lukaku, Sanchez and Aguero.
‘Morata is another one but he has never played in England so there is a little question mark there. Certainly they would be the players to look at.’