Three strikers Chelsea could sign in January transfer window
Kieran Beckles takes a look at three forwards Chelsea could sign to help boost the Blues faint top-four hopes
The Premier League option: Saido Berahino
The West Bromwich Albion striker has been angling for a move away from The Hawthorns for the best part of 12 months. Saido Berahino didn’t feature for the Baggies mid-week due to illness, but inevitably, his absence was interpreted to mean a move was imminent. Chelsea are one of the touted destinations for the England Under-21 international. Berahino would represent something of a gamble for both club and player. West Brom are thought to be holding out for £30m, which is a lot of money for a striker who has only scored 22 goals in 85 Premier League games. Berahino could easily find himself dwarfed at the defending champions given the presence of Diego Costa, with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Pedro and Willian all vying for the supporting roles behind the Spanish striker. The 21-year-old striker wouldn’t be the first promising English talent to see his career stall at Stamford Bridge (Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell).
The long-term target: Ezequiel Lavezzi
The Argentina international has relentlessly been linked with Chelsea over the past few years amid an unhappy spell at Paris Saint-Germain. Ezequiel Lavezzi has never really made a lasting impression at the Ligue 1 champions, and manager Laurent Blanc is reportedly keen to offload the striker. Lavezzi has been touted with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool in the past, but given Chelsea’s current situation, he could prove good competition for Costa upfront. The Argentinian can also double up as an attacking midfielder, which would give Guus Hiddink plenty of variety. The 30-year-old is a consistent if unspectacular goal-scorer, but wouldn’t be a long-term solution. If Chelsea wanted to sign Lavezzi as a quick fix, the defending champions could get the forward for relatively cheap with his contract set to expire in the summer.
The wildcard: Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato is another South American player that has been linked with a lot of Premier League clubs in recent months. Tottenham Hotspur were initially thought to be interest, before Liverpool came to the fore. Now, Chelsea appears the most-likely destination for Pato. The Brazilian had a good goal-scoring record during his early days in AC Milan, but the Corinthians striker has since lost his way, with external influences taking a toll on his career. According to BBC Sport’s Phil Vickery, Corinthians are desperate to get Pato of their wage bill, which would give Chelsea of negotiating power when it comes to the transfer fee. He is only 26, too. If Hiddink could resurrect some of Pato’s old goal-scoring form, Chelsea, for once, could be talking about a real bargain.