Chelsea set to sign striker from rival PL club but retain interest in 19-goal man

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If reports are to be believed, Chelsea Football Club remain very active in the transfer market in spite of Profit and Sustainability questions. The Blues are reportedly set to sign an up-and-coming striker from a rival Premier League club. What The Pride of London would describe as a £40 million gamble is on the table at Stamford Bridge.

However, and possibly significantly, the west London outfit do apparently hold an interest in a separate 19-goal centreforward. Are Dominic Solanke or Jhon Duran on the way to Chels'? Or will both of them arrive on Fulham Road? PoL gets down to CFC business.

CFC maintain interest in former Blue Dominic Solanke

Solanke really did an amazing job for Bournemouth in 2023/24. Just imagine if he were playing for a top six side last year! So it is no surprise that huge clubs, such as Chelsea, are monitoring the Cherries goal-machine. But will they move on to other shortlisted candidates once Duran is signed?

Chelsea nearing £40m deal for Aston Villa man

Deep down we all love a transfer rumour. It's true that hearsay is often annoying and fanciful. But then there are claims that raise your eyebrows in a more rousing way too. The Julian Alvarez talk would certainly be in that last category for me.

Though, speculation of Duran joining Chelsea does not fill me with excitement or anticipation it must be said. I'm honestly not knocking the Colombia international at all: he is a promising elite prospect. Yet, at the moment, that's all he really is.

Duran begun to score more frequently in the Premier League as the previous season expired. Although, even that statistic can be slightly misleading: as campaigns culminate, teams along with starting lineups are changed or weakened. Not to mention tiredness creeping into defences at the end. Nevertheless, there is promise in the Villa attacker.

Irrespective of my view it appears as though the 20-year-old, who has a lot of time to refine his skills and finishing ability, is indeed coming to the Bridge. The hefty price tag will also no doubt catch the scrupulous attention of keen football fans and the Blues support.

Meanwhile Chelsea have missed out on purported transfer target Benjamin Sesko. Does this mean that a marquee No.9 is still wanted by CFC bosses and recruitment chiefs? I would say so; I expect Duran is to be an understudy. Where does all this leave the improving Nicolas Jackson, I wonder?