Former Chelsea Star Thinks Tottenham Player Better Than Lukaku and Ronaldo

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"Sergio Aguero is in his prime, Alexis Sanchez is in his prime", Cole continued.

It is likely that Lukaku will end up joining Chelsea before the start of next season. Also, having a disgruntled player on the team is not good for morale, especially if used as an unconventional way to get him to stay.

One of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment, Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly close to agreeing a move to Chelsea.

Morata played under Conte during their spell together at Juventus but he is also attracting interest from Manchester United, who have tabled a bid for the Spain worldwide.

With Chelsea in need of extra strength ahead of their Champions League exploits next season, the talismanic defensive midfielder is exactly what the Blues need.

But the Spain global looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after manager Antonio Conte told him he is not in his plans for next season. Everton value the 24-year-old at a fee in the range of £100m ($128m) with the striker emerging as the second highest goalscorer in the league with 25 goals to his name.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes Romelu Luaku will not succeed if he leaves Everton for Chelsea this summer.

Lukaku has been strongly linked with a return to the club that he left in 2014, and Cole has insisted that he would "take" the Belgian if he were in control of matters.

Essien, meanwhile, has said that the pair had a good relationship during their time together, and a reunion is certainly possible, as long as they both want it.

Reports claim an initial £52 million bid was rejected earlier this week, meaning Chelsea would need to fork out in excess of £55 million - a club transfer record - if they are to land the elusive defender. "Alonso has been excellent so you are going to have to go some way to find players who are better for next season", he added.

He was impressive during Juve's treble winning campaign, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 43 appearances.

"Conte has made up his mind he doesn't want Costa".

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