Transfer News – Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas for an undisclosed fee. Meanwhile, rumours of Atletico Madrid star, Diego Costa making his way to Stamford Bridge continue to gather steam.
After a season of mixed fortunes in Jose Mourinho’s first year back at the club, Chelsea’s now seem to be taking shape as formidable title contenders for the 2014/15 season. However, even if Costa should opt to turn out for the Blues next year, the feeling remains that they may have to further bolster their striking credentials if they are to rival Liverpool and Manchester City next year.
The top two clubs both had the benefit of two strikers in excellent form last season, while Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Dember Ba all struggled to make an impact for Chelsea. Here, we highlight 5 strikers that could bolster Chelsea’s challenge for trophies next season.
Jackson Martinez – Porto
Money may be no object to Roman Abromovich’s club, but they may want to put in a bid for the young Columbian sooner rather than later. Tasked with leading the line for his country after Radamel Falcao’s unfortunate injury, many are tipping the Porto man to shine at the World Cup. Since arriving at the Estadio de Dragao in 2012, Martinez has hit a staggering 44 goals in 56 league appearances. Physically powerful and armed with significant aerial prowess, he seems the perfect fit for Jose Mourinho, after the Portuguese previously worked wonders with the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Milito.
Aleksander Kokorin – Dynamo Moscow
A quick, clever striker who has recently ping-ponged between Dynamo Moscow and Anzhi – following the latter club’s financial collapse – Kokorin may yet shine further at a (relatively) stable Premier League club. The Moscow man scored 4 goals in 7 starts for Russia during the qualifying campaign, including a puckish back heel against Armenia that showed a flash of genuine clash. Since returning to Dynamo he has averaged almost a goal every 2 games. He shown signs of European pedigree too, scoring against Celtic in 2009 when he was just 18 years old.
Fernando Llorente – Juventus
The Basque strikers who tortured Manchester United in the Europa League 2 years ago has continued his fine form at Juventus where he averaged a goal every other game last season. The Tiring club’s recent failures in Europe may try the patience of Llorente, having already tasted Europa League glory with Atletico Madrid. A move to an established European force such as Chelsea for the skilled Spaniard may be beneficial to both parties.
Javier Hernandez – Manchester United
The little pea has made his dissatisfaction at Old Trafford apparent, but it may seem unlikely they would sell him to a rival. However with club favourite Wayne Rooney, the hard working Danny Welbeck and his darling Robin Van Persie at his disposal, Louis Van Gaal might deem Chicarito surplus to requirements. If so, Chelsea could do a lot worse than a hungry strikers with proven Premier League pedigree.
Didier Drogba – Galatasaray
Better the devil you know? Chelsea seem to be in the process of ushering out their old guard, so bringing 3# year old Drogba back to the club may seem contrary to their current ethos, but the Ivorian may well make a fine short term solution. There would be view of the teething problems that new signings would potentially face and last season provided ample evidence that Drogba can still perform at a high level: he scored in games.