Chelsea desperately need a new striker – well, one that can score at least! This was proved when they drew a blank yet again against Arsenal on Monday and scored only one against Swansea while Samuel Eto’o had an awful game. Eto’o, Torres and Ba have only managed to score five goals between them which is nothing others than pathetic.
Eto’o peaked a long time ago and is not good enough to be a starter. Ba is not of the quality required to challenge for a league title. As for Torres, he is the best of the three (which isn’t hard!) but cannot find the magnificent form he had at Liverpool though does show some moments of class; especially when he links up with Juan Mata.
Here, I will look at five potential – and very possible – targets for Chelsea’s new look attack! Can any of them make the difference Chelsea need?
1. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco)
This is the player any team would love to have leading the line! However, when he signed for Monaco there were many rumours circulating that Monaco were having money problems and weren’t maybe paying all their taxes so supposedly had to sell players. This could mean Chelsea could snap him up, probably around £35-45million and he would be sure to score goals for fun! He was the best striker in the world last season at Athletico and was on fire; he’s dropped off the radar recently but a move to London would change that! Should Chelsea offer a high enough wage for him (and it would be high!), Falcao would probably sign up!
2. Wayne Rooney (Man United)
‘The Happy One’ was desperate to buy Rooney in the summer though its not 100% clear if they lodged a bid or not! It surprised the football world and it was rumoured Rooney was keen but in the end the deal fell through. However, a lack of goal scorers could mean the Blues go back for a second try for his signature to push on in the league. He would not have to change much as he already plays in the Premier League and has an excellent track record so unlike the other 4 targets, he has proved his worth in England. It’s the last thing United would want and there’s only a very slim chance he would leave in January; José may have to wait until the summer!
3. Jackson Martinez (Porto)
Another player Chelsea reportedly wanted to sign in the summer. Rumours have circled that he has a substantial buyout clause weaved into his contract! I’m not too sure he would fit the Chelsea team because it could be argued that he’s not an outright striker like Torres or Ba. He would definitely improve the team but it could take him a while to adapt to the Premier League, though he may fit right in and tear the Prem apart, like Papiss Cisse a couple of years ago! It has also been announced he is interested in a move to the Premier League; putting Arsenal and Chelsea on stand-by. Though he has also expressed interest in Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga so he is somewhat undecided but a move could definitely be on!
4. Diego Costa (Athletico Madrid)
Another striker here with a buyout clause and this one is high, at £32 million! Apparently the board at Chelsea are preparing a bid and Costa may want in. He did sign a new contract last year but that was probably engineered by the Spanish outfit to fend off interested teams and to raise his worth. It worked though because at the end of last season, he was worth £15 million but the buyout clause has raised it to more like £30 million! He would be a good fit for the Londoners and the recent European triumphs could lure him to Stamford Bridge; not to mention the attraction of playing under Mourinho!
5. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
With 8 goals and 5 assists in 16 games, Benzema has had a good start to the season! He is often under estimated and overlooked at Madrid because of stars like Ronaldo, Bale and Isco but he is an important cog in Real’s machine. Undoubtedly, he would score goals – and lots of them! – in the Premier League and it could benefit him to concrete his first team place in the France squad in Rio. French players are few and far between at Chelsea so he may be concerned he would be outcasted though the fans at Stamford Bridge would make sure he felt welcome! The only reason this move could be hard to pull off is that Madrid have a lack of strikers since Gonzalo Higuan packed his bag for Serie A, in Naples. Benzema may be keen to reunite with Mourinho – or could be put off because of that! This is an unlikely but not impossible transfer but it would benefit the Prem if it happened!