Chelsea transfers: Four strikers Jose Mourinho could sign in January
Chelsea transfers: Liam Garrahan take a look at four strikers Jose Mourinho could try to sign in the January window
We’ll start off with an obvious one – Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney and wanted to snap him up in the summer window. Reports are already circulating that Chelsea will put in a £35m offer and it’s no secret that Rooney prefers playing up top rather than in the more withdrawn role that he’s been utilised in at United – and this is something that the Blues can offer. The 28-year-old burst onto the scene in 2002 with his boyhood club Everton and has since netted an incredible 161 times in 354 games at club level, as well as notching up 38 goals in 88 international appearances. With Chelsea currently lacking in the goals department they could do far worse than Rooney. But will they be getting value for money? Despite being the best striker that English football has to offer, Rooney hasn’t hit the same vein of form that put him in that position for a few seasons. If the reported fees are correct and with English players costing a premium, they may be able to get better value by looking at continental players for the solution to their problem.
With the infamous ‘£40m + £1’ transfer saga with Arsenal still ringing in everyone’s ears, Europe’s top clubs will be keeping a close eye on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who, despite missing the first seven games of the season, has already has eight goals in the Premier League. Chelsea have a recent history of big transfers with Liverpool after paying a club-record £50m on misfiring Fernando Torres, a transfer that ignited the fury of Liverpool fans. They may well have the last laugh as the Spaniard has failed to live up to the hefty price tag. He was of course replaced by the £35m flop Andy Carroll – but let’s not go there. Chelsea sent Daniel Sturridge the other way last January, a move that’s sparked his career back into life. Suarez has said that he wants Champions League football and Chelsea are usually are shoe-in for a top four spot, but with Liverpool currently flying high in the league (and higher than Chelsea), the Uruguayan could well have tickets for a European tour if he stays where he is.
Having signed a four-year contract extension with Aston Villa over the summer, Christian Benteke would cost Chelsea a bomb – but it’s not like they’re afraid to splash the cash. They may already have a Didier Drogba replacement in the form of Romelu Lukaku but he seems to be out-of-favour at the club with Mourinho sending him on loan to Everton for the season. Maybe his Belgian counterpart could fill those rather large boots? Benteke only joined Villa last summer but he has made a blistering start to life in the Premier League. He scored 19 goals last season and already has four so far this campaign – that’s more than Torres and Samuel Eto’o have to their names combined in the league this season. The Belgian powerhouse has shown that he knows where the goal is, but is he too similar to Lukaku? Both are strong, both have quick feet and both have shown that they have what it takes to take the Premier League by storm. Why would Chelsea shell out on someone who is very similar to someone that they already have on their books? Benteke’s contract extension would certainly be a stumbling block with this transfer but the 22-year-old will want to prove that he can have an impact on the European stage. He may well wait it out with Villa until the end of the season before deciding to move on.
Radamel Falcao recently made a big-money switch from Atletico Madrid to Monaco but his time at the club could already be coming to an end. With Uefa’s financial FairPlay regulations in play, Monaco are looking to offload the high earner so that they can comply with these regulations. Falcao currently has nine goals in 13 games for Monaco, added to a very impressive return of 53 goals in 67 games for Atletico Madrid. It seems that no matter what league he’s played in, Falcao has had no problems with finding the back of the net with 41 goals to his name in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and 34 in the Brazilian Primera Division. Adapting to a new league certainly won’t be an issue. Reports suggest that both Chelsea and Real Madrid are interested in the Colombian forward but Blues fans may feel slightly more at ease when they hear that both Falcao and Mourinho share the same agent, something that may help throw negotiations in their favour.