‘It wouldn’t surprise me’ – Journalist claims Chelsea could look at £65m striker

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After appointing new manager Enzo Maresca, Chelsea are looking at their options in the transfer window.

The Blues are expected to strengthen their squad in a number of positions after a disappointing campaign under Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League and despite qualifying for the latter stages of the cup competitions, they failed to win any silverware.

One of the position that needs to be strengthened at Stamford Bridge is the striker position and Chelsea have now been paired with Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke.

The striker enjoyed a successful season in 2023-24 by scoring 19 Premier League goals.

Journalist Dean Jones, while speaking on the Ranks FC Ultras Podcast, has claimed that the Blues could look to sign Solanke.

He said:

“Another striker Dominic Solanke being spoken about in The Athletic. He has a release clause of £65m in his contract and it can only be activated by certain clubs.

“Interesting that is. They say that Solanke is being tracked across this season, but his release clause is limited to a select group of sides and the identity of those teams is undisclosed.

Dominic Solanke to Chelsea?

“I haven’t dug into this one yet, it’s definitely one for me to look further into today.

“He’s been brilliant and Bournemouth won’t want to lose him but the player’s head would be turned if there was serious interest in him. It wouldn’t surprise me if Chelsea again or Newcastle were to look in his direction.”

A report from The Athletic has revealed that Solanke has a £65m release clause in his contract.

The Blues will have to activate that clause in order to sign the player who scored more goals than Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min last season.

Chelsea are expected to be busy this summer

Chelsea have been linked with a number of strikers including Victor Osimhen, Ivan Toney and more recently Julian Alvarez.

Despite having Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku at the club, the Blues are looking for a prolific attacker and rightly so.

In order to start challenging for trophies again, they need a ruthless presence upfront which was missing last season.

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