Chelsea must beat London rivals to £80m striker signing in January

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In order to start clawing back some respect and make a tiny bit of Premier League progress, Chelsea must beat Arsenal to an £80million signing in Brentford striker Ivan Toney in January. Although Nicolas Jackson finally bagged a goal versus Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup, a main, experienced focal point is needed in the style of Didier Drogba.

About a week or so ago, legendary transfer czar Fabrizio Romano claimed that Chelsea hold an interest in the impressive Toney. This news should have pleased most of the CFC fan base as the Bees man is arguably ideal for Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Toney is strong, intelligent, gifted, hardworking and clinical. Having a few ‘Homegrown‘ players is also necessary for all Premier League squads. Now, I am not directly comparing Toney to Drogba, irrespective of some footballing similarities and the Englishman’s potential to reach great heights. The impact an imposing but deftly talented centreforward can make to a side such as the modern Chelsea is really my point.

The valuation will be large, around £80m according to rumours. However, we know Todd Boehly and Co. can afford it. The question really is – can Chels’ afford not to sign someone like the 27-year-old?! Romano has confirmed the Blues are targeting Toney for a January swoop. Although, the Italian journalist revealed that nothing is advanced as of now, and CFC must convince Brentford to part ways.

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If Reece James ends up banned and injured, maybe Chelsea should cash in from Real Madrid interest

I never thought I’d say this but, amidst apparent Real admiration, maybe it is time to merely consider the prospect of selling James. Hear me out, I am a big fan of the flying fullback, yet his fitness record is poor. He may also have a silly ban to deal with. The Blues need reliability more than ever. Nevertheless, a fit James is one of the world’s best; offloading him might well be a mistake.