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Chelsea’s top scorer for the last three seasons, Diego Costa, is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told the striker he isn’t part of his plans for next season.

Chelsea haven’t submitted a bid for any striker even though the Blues have been linked with Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid, Andrea Belotti of Torino and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund. Former Chelsea winger Paul Canoville thinks it’s a worrying situation.

“It is a worrying situation because Chelsea need a striker in place,” Canoville told Sky Sports.

“If Costa leaves it will leave Chelsea short in terms of firepower up front. Hazard got injured as well [on international duty with Belgium] and won’t be ready for the start of the season.

“The club have brought in a couple of players for other positions but it’s a situation that needs sorting out because Loic Remy and Michy Batshuayi as the two main strikers is not enough.

“Everyone knows that in the Premier League you need a standout striker. You need someone who’s capable of holding the ball up and can finish.

“Chelsea have been linked to [Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and Morata but foreign teams are asking English clubs for a lot of money for these players and there is no certainty that they can do it in the Premier League.

“Morata has also not been getting regular games at Real so he’s bound to be a little rusty. Chelsea need a player that is suited to the system and can build up his fitness during pre-season and can fit in right away.”

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