Chelsea finished the season on a high note but will looking to push on - particularly in the Premier League - next season.
To do that they may need a new striker, so let's look at five possible signings for that position.
5. Andre Schurrle | Bayer Leverkusen
Player Profile: Andre Schurrle is a Germany international who currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. He can play as a striker but can also play as a left winger; however, seeing that that is the position occupied by Eden Hazard I am going to assume that, if Chelsea were to buy him, they would play him in the striker role.
2012/13: Schurrle had a promising campaign, scoring 11 goals and setting up seven goals. He has been an integral part of Bayer Leverkusen’s season and his lack of goals can be answered by the fact that he is a very versatile player, swapping positions, either as a left winger or a striker.
Estimated cost: £20m
Likelihood of Chelsea signing him: 9/10. BBC Sport writes how a deal has been done for a long time with Schurrle and Chelsea yet official recognition of the deal is yet to be announced. To add fuel to the flames Schurrle stated that he hopes he has played his last game for Bayer Leverkusen and rumours have been unearthed that Schurrle already has a pre-contract agreement with Chelsea.
Personal thoughts: If Schurrle was to sign for Chelsea I would not be displeased, but neither would I be jumping for joy. I do not think he is the finished article and I am worried that if he was to join Chelsea he would simply rot on the bench like Marko Marin this season.
I rate Demba Ba higher than him and so unless I have completely misjudged him I simply do not see him taking Hazard, Oscar or Mata’s position on the wing.
4. Mario Gomez | Bayern Munich
Player profile: Mario Gomez is also a Germany international who currently plays for Bayern Munich. He is an out-and-out striker who has immense physical attributes; what he lacks in speed and agility he more than makes up for in brute strength and his ability to scare defenders.
2012/13: This season has been a frustrating one for Gomez because of the arrival of Mario Mandzuzkic. Gomez was returning from an ankle injury at the beginning of the season and Mandzuzkic was bought from VFL Wolfsburg due to his amazing Euro 2012 campaign.
Mandzuzkic's run of form demoted Gomez to the bench and he has been used more or less as an impact substitute. Despite this, he still managed to record 11 goals this season, four behind Mandzuzkic, including a six-minute hat-trick against his former club Stuttgart.
Estimated cost: £25m
Likelihood of Chelsea signing him: 8/10. Although no official interest has been announced, Mario Gomez is too good a player to be sitting on the bench.
Additionally the supposed arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund means that he is highly unlikely to start for Bayern Munich. At 27 he is just reaching the peak of his powers and it is known that Jose Mourinho wants a physical player to be his striker. Who better than Mario Gomez?
Personal thoughts: The fact that this world-class player has scored 11 goals despite being a substitute highlights both the class of Mario Gomez and the depth of Bayern Munich’s squad.
I agree with Mourinho that Chelsea need a physical striker and I do not think that Fernando Torres fits the bill. Therefore I think that Mario Gomez would be a great buy for Chelsea and I am sure that he would prove himself in the Premier League.
3. Robert Lewandowski | Borussia Dortmund
Player profile: Robert Lewandowski is a Poland international who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He is an out-and-out striker and has been described as a poacher and a natural goalscorer. He has the knack of always being in the right place at the right time and has formed a formidable understanding with those behind him, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
2012/13: This season was Lewandowski's breakthrough campaign in the Bundesliga. He finished as second top scorer in the league on 24 goals and is renowned for his amazing four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final which sealed their place in the Champions League final.
If Borussia Dortmund are fortunate enough to win the cup they will owe a huge slice of it to Robert Lewandowski.
Estimated cost: £28m
Likelihood of Chelsea signing him: 5/10. At first it looked as if Manchester United were going to buy him in January but nothing came of it.
Then Lewandowski scored his amazing four goals against Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho expressed an interest, wanting to take him with him to Stamford Bridge.
Unfortunately, however, it looks as if Chelsea and Manchester United have been beaten to his signature by Borussia Dortmund’s arch rivals: Bayern Munich, apparently they have even agreed personal terms, simply leaving the transfer fee to be negotiated. The possibility of Chelsea signing him is not impossible but still very unlikely.
Personal thoughts: Robert Lewandowski is perhaps the person I would most like Chelsea to sign this transfer season simply because he is already world-class and young.
Although, admittedly, he is not at the heights of my top two strikers he is undoubtably amazing for his age and could become a top striker at Chelsea for a number of years, especially considering his price. However, it is unlikely that Chelsea will buy him and so it is most likely my dreams will be in vain. Lewandowski and Romelu Lukaku up top is my ultimate dream.
2. Edinson Cavani | Napoli
Player profile: Edinson Cavani is a Uruguay international who plays for Napoli in Serie A. He has impressed there massively and has formed a formidable partnership with Marek Hamsik, his Napoli team-mate. He is renowned for his high work rate and his ability to score impressive goals out of nothing.
2012/13: This season has seen Cavani win the Serie A golden boot scoring a mind-blowing 29 goals for Napoli this season, six more goals than the second top scorer: Antonio Di Natale of Udinese.
He has proven his finishing ability, his aerial threat and has pronounced himself as a clinical finisher, one that many clubs have taken notice of.
Estimated cost: £50m
Likelihood of Chelsea signing him: 7.5/10. It is looking increasingly likely that Edinson Cavani will leave Napoli but the question is to where?
Both Manchester City and Chelsea have expressed an interest but currently it looks as if Manchester City have the upper hand with the use of Edin Dzeko as an incentive for Napoli to trade with them. Chelsea are still in the running though and in the end it is more likely going to be a competition between the rivals as to who will pay the highest wages.
Personal thoughts: Edinson Cavani is a world-class striker that I think could fit in extraordinarily well in the Premier League. He is a real team player which could benefit Chelsea massively next season but my worry is that he will go to Manchester City.
Napoli want Dzeko and Manchester City want Cavani meaning that a move to City is looking more than likely. I would love to see Cavani in Chelsea colours next season but I think he will go to Manchester City. Let’s hope he is another Robinho.
1. Radamel Falcao | Atletico Madrid
Player profile: Radamel Falcao is a Colombia international who plays for Atletico Madrid in La Liga. He is known for being a clinical finisher and his ability to use both feet, his aerial dominance despite being relatively small is also an impressive feat. He signed from FC Porto to replace Sergio Aguero and was placed in the Team of the Year earlier this season.
2012/13: This season saw Radamel Falcao come third in the goalscoring charts in La Liga; however, when the two above him are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi you cannot really hold that against him. He scored 28 goals in the league this season and also scored a hat trick in the UEFA Super Cup Final against a certain Chelsea.
Estimated cost: £46m
Likelihood of Chelsea signing him: 6/10 At one stage this season it looked like Chelsea had completed negotiations with the Colombian and he would be joining us in the summer.
However it was recently revealed that AS Monaco are desperate to buy him and are willing to pay the buy-out clause as well as giving Falcao €8.1m a year to join them in Ligue 1 - and it looks as if this is the most probable possibility at the moment.
It is also known that Falcao wants to join Real Madrid but cannot do so straight from their rivals Atletico Madrid. Therefore he wants to join AS Monaco this year and transfer to Real Madrid next year, making a move to Chelsea unlikely.
Personal thoughts: I remember sitting down and watching the UEFA Super Cup final being absolutely traumatised by the devastating scoreline that a single player could inflict on us.
Every shot was a goal for him and this wasn’t against some namby-pamby defence but against the Champions League winners. If Chelsea want to buy class then Chelsea have to buy Falcao and convince him Real Madrid is not the option for him. However, this might be easier said than done and I think unfortunately the signing of Falcao looks bleak; he will just have to terrorise Ligue 1 defence’s next season.
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