With Fernando Torres having left the club, Didier Drogba reaching retirement age and Loic Remy just ‘filling in’, surely Chelsea will look to sign a striker before the end of this transfer window?
Here are 5 potential targets as the Blues look to justify their billing as EPL title favourites and claim their fourth trophy.
Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen)
At 22-years-old the South Korean has already become an undisputed regular in the Bundesliga; first with Hamburg then Bayer Leverkusen. He’s managed 5 goals in 16 starts this season, while also contributing from an assists point of view. He can play as a striker, but also in a withdrawn attacking midfield role and wide areas.
Son is currently starring in the Asian Cup where he’s guided his team to the final. He’s been the main attacking outlet for his side, bringing together an incredible work ethic and technical ability. At such a young age there is still time to bring Son’s game on and develop him into a top star. Mourinho of course, could be the ideal man for this.
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
If Chelsea were aiming to grab a pound for pound heavyweight striker, then Gonzalo Higuain is one of few around. Higuain’s goal record has been astonishing wherever he has gone, yet he still remains underrated in many circles. Mourinho knows the player well having selected the striker at Real Madrid, and it was there the Argentinean made his name on the global stage.
Higuain can finish with the best of them, showing his sharp awareness and movement around the penalty area, but he can also drop off and associate with the midfield. It’s this, coupled with the fact Mourinho knows exactly what he would get, that makes Higuain an ideal candidate. He could be the perfect support for Diego Costa, but he could also lead the line too.
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
PSG’s situation with FFP makes them an interesting prospect in the transfer market, as they look to offload players to make room for a new era at the club. Edison Cavani, who has fallen foul of indiscipline this season, is apparently on the top of any list of players heading out the club. Despite this, Cavani maintains a healthy relationship with the fans who recognise his hard work and dedication on the field.
It’s been said that few strikers work harder than the Uruguayan, given that he tracks back to not only help his midfield, but defence too. His fitness levels are excellent, and so is his scoring record. Cavani’s a fearsome predator in front of goal, able to drive with the ball from distance into the penalty area - but also poach. He would make perfect sense were Mourinho looking for a player to instantly impact at the club, and not take time to adapt.
Paulo Dybala (Palermo)
He’s the striking sensation half of Europe wants, but could Chelsea hold an ace in terms of securing the deal? Eden Hazard’s development from skilful attacking midfielder, into one of the world’s most dangerous creative midfielders, could be something for Paulo Dybala to look upon. Hazard’s transformation has been fascinating to watch, and Dybala could well see that as a measuring stick by which his own game could improve.
The Palermo man is experiencing his break out season as a player, producing consistently astonishing performances for the Sicilian outfit. Dybala, a blend of Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero, has high levels of skill on the ball, fine technical ability, an eye for a pass, and most recently, has found his finishing boots too. The Argentinean can feature as a winger, a creative midfielder, and a striker. He would command a hefty fee, but at what price can you put on this potential world class talent? Chelsea might well rue letting another big gun get their hands on this star man.
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
If Chelsea want a goalscorer, and purely that, then Carlos Bacca is their man. He may also come in cheaper than the rest of the players on this very list. Still, you by no means give up on quality by going for Bacca. The Colombian striker is powerhouse, combining his physical attributes with pure instinct in front of goal. The penalty area is his domain, and he can grab you a goal to set you on your way or finish a game off.
Bacca’s packed with muscle, and is able to power his way through defences and show an excellent turn of pace. The way he has left some of La Liga’s defenders for dead is quite something, even the more quick witted Pepe, who has felt the full force of Bacca’s striking abilities. There isn’t too much else about Bacca, which might be the only drawback. His hold up play is good and he works hard, but don’t expect any miracles in terms of ability on the ball. He’s a pure finisher, and for some, that might well be enough.