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Chelsea’s pursuit of new striking options has taken the West London side to La Liga with the Blues setting their sights on in-form Valencia forward Roberto Soldado.
Former Mestalla boss Rafa Benitez has identified the Spanish international as a viable target to help boost their attacking complement. Chelsea have struggled for goals in recent weeks, aside from their 6-1 hammering of Nordsjaelland in the Champions League that is, and have been linked with a number of potential January acquisitions that could help get their Premier League title bid back on track.
Valencia are seemingly in a continual financial difficulties and year on year have seen their top talents sold to help balance the books and recent sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino as boss leaves the club all the more vulnerable to approaches for their prized assets.
Chelsea have gone seven Premier League games without a win and as a result have fallen some ten points off top of the table Man United. The Blues have scored just four in their last six English top tier fixtures as Fernando Torres enters an all to predictable goal drought which has left Benitez having to consider his options.
The likes of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani have both been strongly linked with Chelsea interest but both represent clubs who are in fine form with both Atletico Madrid and Napoli mounting genuine title chases and as such are unlikely to be so easily swayed into a move to the Premier League side.
Soldado on the other hand may feel the time is right to leave Valencia and the former Real Madrid man is a player in very good form despite the fact that his side are sitting in the wrong half of the table.
The 27 year old has scored 61 goals in 110 appearances for Los Che since his summer 2010 move to the club from Getafe and has proved a very able replacement for David Villa, the Barcelona man he was brought in to replace.
A move to Chelsea will surely tempt the forward as a high-profile switch the big spenders would also assist in his pursuit for a regular spot in Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish national team starting eleven.
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