In one of the more outlandish transfer rumours in January, it would appear that Chelsea are set to make a move for Andy Carroll. The ex-Liverpool and Newcastle man is apparently high up on the list of targets, as Antonio Conte looks to refresh his side. More in the mould of Alvaro Morata – his primary forward at Samford Bridge – Conte looks set to move on cult hero Michy Batshuayi as the club looks to revamp its forward line to go for a more direct and aggressive style.
Having lost patience and hope in the young forward, it would appear that Conte is happy to settle for a short-term back up in the shape of the big Geordie. However, one thing that might scupper the move is the fact that Andy Carroll has suffered an injury with the potential to keep him out for most of the second half of the season.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Conte was focused on Carroll having missed out on Fernando Llorente in the summer, who chose Tottenham instead. Despite scoring a meagre 2 goals so far this season, the profile of player that Carroll is made him an ideal fit in many ways for Chelsea.
This move, though, could be off if the injury is as serious as is being mentioned. At the moment, the other name being linked with Chelsea as a back-up for Alvaro Morata is a shock move for Stoke veteran Peter Crouch, instead.