If you currently ask Chelsea fans in which position they believe the Blues need reinforcements the most then it doesn’t seem far fetched to say that many will immediately answer said question with a striker as the club’s dire need for a prolific, in-form centre-forward has certainly reached its climax. Naturally, the tabloids are quite aware of Chelsea’s desperate situation up front and have had a field day coming up with a wide range of different and, for the most part, highly unlikely scenarios in regard to solving this problem.
To start things off, Paris Saint-Germain’s Edison Cavani, a player once ‘destined’ to join the Blues after several “BOOM” calls by a certain Tancredi Palmeri, has been linked with a move across the channel for an eye watering £50 million. With the report’s original source being the Daily Mail, it goes without saying that a massive pinch of salt is needed here as the thought of Chelsea shelling out such a ridiculously high amount for a player turning 32 next month seems more than unlikely. On the other hand, the Uruguayan’s contract runs out in 2020 and, despite his age, Cavani has been in fine form this season, scoring 10 goals in merely 11 games in Ligue 1. While the former Napoli striker would represent an intriguing short term option, the ludicrous amount of money involved in any such deal is clearly a red flag. In short, this deal died back in 2013 with Palmeri’s reputation.
Speaking of red flags, another name recently mentioned in the tabloids has been Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema who hasn’t really been doing any better than Alvaro Morata this season, an aspect which has contributed to the current champions of Europe struggling. Similar to the situation with Cavani, this transfer should have happened many years ago for it to make any sense and would now carry several risks at this moment in time. The 31-year old certainly hasn’t been the epitome of a prolific striker in the past two years and despite winning the Champions League three times in a row one could argue that this achievement was more down to his team mates than anything else. Add to this that the Frenchman has another two years left on his contract, as well as Madrid having no reason to sell, and this transfer doesn’t only look extremely unrealistic but also like one of the worst decisions Chelsea could currently make from a financial and footballing point of view.
An option which the club will definitely no longer consider is Tammy Abraham as the BBC reports that the Chelsea academy product will be leaving Villa Park for the Molineux, with Wolverhampton becoming his new loan destination. While the move was initially reported to be a permanent one (with Wolves bidding a laughably low £18 million), a sale appears to have been rejected categorically by the Chelsea hierarchy, and thankfully so. The only problem remaining is the necessary permission by the FIFA as Abraham will consequently have played for three teams in a single season, something which has to be ratified by the governing body first due to the limit normally being two. However, this move looks more and more likely.
Chelsea will therefore have to look elsewhere to end their search for a striker as the three options above are either complicated by financial aspects, not perceived as a viable solution by the board itself, or simply a bad choice. With the Gonzalo Higuaín links dying down during the past few days, it seems as if Chelsea is back to square one and, as the window closes in merely 3 and a half weeks, time’s running out for the Blues to finally end their attacking woes and to find what could very well be the missing piece of the puzzle in finally unlocking the full potential of Sarrismo.
For a closer look at all the possible players Chelsea could be bringing in at centre-forward be sure to have a look at Simon’s in-depth transfer target list!
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC)
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