After failing to score against another mid-table or relegation threatened team for what seems like the 10th time this season, Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho let the world in on the club’s worst kept secret that they are in the market for a striker. Fans and pundits have been saying that a prolific striker is all that Chelsea FC was missing before the season so the failure to bring in someone other than Samuel Eto’o was puzzling at best. The decision to send out Romelu Lukaku on loan was also questionable considering he has outscored every other striker still wearing Chelsea blue.
Mourinho on his strikers:
“I don’t think it’s the moment to speak about next season and the market, but it’s clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring a striker. That is clear. It’s also clear we want to improve our players. What’s the future for the [current Chelsea] strikers? The ones that are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing. And normally at the end of the season, players that are not playing a lot or players who are not happy and prefer a change, that is also part of the market. We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window.”
The strikers that Chelsea have been linked to so far are Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid, Edinson Cavani of PSG, Jackson Martinez of Porto, Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Munich, and many more. Costa and Mandzukic are more likely to join than any of the others due to Atletico being a “selling” club and Bayern bringing in Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Both have been in fine form for their clubs with Costa carrying his less than fancied Atletico team to the top of La Liga. Costa is also the physical presence that Chelsea have missed since the departure of Didier Drogba in 2012. Regardless of what happens in the transfer window, it is clear that there will be some new faces leading the line for Chelsea FC next season.
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