Following the seemingly inevitable departure of Diego Costa and the loss of top target Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Chelsea are seemingly staring down the barrel of a striker crisis ahead of the new campaign.
After seemingly losing out in the race for the Belgium striker, the Blues are apparently not wasting any time in re-focusing their attention to their growing list of striking options as Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez has been touted as a surprise target for Antonio Conte.
The Mexican international is a proven striker who Conte could look to as a potential option in his side’s attacking line-up, and the Mirror suggest the Chelsea boss could very well turn to the former Manchester United forward ahead of next season – who is reported to have a release clause of £13m.
Hernandez has also been linked to a move to Premier League rivals West Ham, however it is understood that the 29-year-old would not be able to turn down the opportunity to play with the English champions if they came calling.
Javier Hernandez is available for £13m.
We should be all over that imo.
— A (@_CFCAsh) July 4, 2017
The striker has found the net 39 times in 76 appearances for Leverkusen since his departure from United in 2015, which saw the striker score only 37 goals in over 100 league games for the Red Devils.
However, Hernandez would seemingly have to be assured of a regular role if he was to make the move back to England’s top flight, after spending most of his previous stint in the Premier League on the bench.
Hernandez will not be Conte’s only option as the Italian manager has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente.