Stamford Bridge side look to bring in new striker.
Di Matteo is currently assessing his options in attack for next season, after Didier Drogba followed Nicolas Anelka to China last month, while Salomon Kalou has been released at the end of his contract.
The departure of that trio was aimed at clearing space for £50 million man Fernando Torres, but as he continues to struggle in pre-season, Di Matteo is worried about his lack of firepower.
Belgian teenager Lukaku has impressed on their tour of America, but Di Matteo is not convinced he can put suitable pressure on Torres next season, and has granted him permission to leave on loan.
That would leave just Torres and the out-of-favour Daniel Sturridge left in attack at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are now looking at bringing somebody in to bolster the squad.
Chelsea have already failed to land in one of their top forward targets – Porto striker Hulk – while they have been warned off long-term options Edinson Cavani and Wilfried Bony.
However, it is understood that Chelsea have identified a number of other options, including Marseille’s Loic Remy and Bayer Leverkusen powerhouse Stefan Kiessling.
Having already spent in excess of £60m to bring in youngsters Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Brazilian Olympic star Oscar you wouldn’t put it past Blues owner Roman Abramovich to splash the cash to land a new striker, but who will Roberto Di Matteo look to spend the Russian’s millions on?
Well this source details five possible options. Here are our thoughts on the players mentioned and the likelihood of a Stamford Bridge move.
Probably the striker most linked to the West London side but apparently one who hasn’t moved any nearer to making the move to the Premier League side. The Brazilian is in town with the Olympic team so may well have been sounded out about a possible FC Porto exit and there is no doubting that the powerfully built forward could do a fine job in the Premier League.
The 26 year old has netted 57 goals and laid on 36 assists over the past two seasons, during which time he has won just about every major honour he could in Portugal, perhaps he is now ready for a new challenge?
66 goals in two seasons have led to the Uruguayan international becoming a wanted man and Chelsea are one of many sides keen on the Napoli man. The chances of a Naples exit may have increased given that the striker saw his strike partner Ezequiel Lavezzi moving to PSG.
Would cost a fortune but would certainly be the ‘marquee’ signing to top off a busy summer of transfer dealings.
Perhaps the least well known of the five targets named by this source the 23 year old Ivory Coast has taken well to life in the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring regularly for Vitesse Arnhem. Perhaps not much of an improvement on Villas-Boas’s back up options and arguably Romelu Lukaku is a more proficient attacker than the former Sparta Prague man.
Marseille man has had two consistent seasons at the Stade Velodrome, netting 37 goals despite his side falling well off the title pace. Last term’s tenth place finish will perhaps lead to the French international considering his options and a high profile move could help to garner a place back in the national team set-up following Laurent Blanc’s decision to overlook the former Nice man when selecting his Euro 2012 squad.
This would be an odd move for Chelsea to make. At 28 Kiessling is clearly not ‘one for the future’ and the Bayer Leverkusen man has arguably dropped off in terms of form though the big forward did rack up 16 goals last term he was not selected in Joachim Low’s Euro 2012 squad.
Chelsea have bid for Kiessling’s team-mate Andre Schurrle in recent weeks and that move made a great deal more sense than this one.
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