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Chelsea: Summer striker options

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Cavani could be set for a move to Stamford Bridge (©GettyImages)
Cavani could be set for a move to Stamford Bridge (©GettyImages).

The arrival of Jose Mourinho has seen Chelsea chase after various strikers. 

Their first choice remains Edinson Cavani, who has scored 104 goals in 134 matches for Napoli. But there are a lot of negotiations going on because of Napoli's reluctance to release Cavani. Napoli have tagged a huge price of over £53 million on their star striker, who featured most recently for Uruguay in the Confederation Cup.

But Chelsea are in no mood to splash out so much cash on the striker. It may be the continuous reluctance of Napoli can turn the head of Mourinho to look elsewhere.

The other choice in Mourinho’s mind is polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who is still remembered of his fantastic four goals which saw Mourinho’s former team Real Madrid out of the Champions League. He managed 36 goals in 48 games for Borussia Dortmund.

Lewandowski is 24-years-old and has all the qualities to match the number nine of Chelsea, especially his strength. He can be as effective as Didier Drogba. For me he would be even a better choice for Chelsea then the expensive Cavani. 

Other than Lewandowski, Chelsea have Mario Gomez on their radar. The big striker has found it difficult to get a regular first place for Bayern Munich and is also looking for a transfer. Mario Gomez is also much like Lewandowski and also relies on his strength.

Now, coming to the players already at Chelsea. They have Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba. Ba is certainly not in Mourinho’s plans. But Lukaku has scored 17 goals in his loan move to West Bromwich Albion and has been recalled by Chelsea.

Fernando Torres has shown a glimpse of his good form in Europa League and at the end of season. He also has won a golden boot at Confederation Cup scoring five goals and can be considered as a serious contender for Chelsea's frontman.

Although Torres has not been able to find the form which tempted Chelsea to pay a hefty price of £50 million on him. El Nino has urged the manager to give him a chance and has shown willingness to stay. Mourinho can solve Torres’ problem because his entire problem lies in Chelsea system and his management, not his skills.

Like at Real Madrid, Mourinho will have two proven strikers in mind. So, Torres may have good chance to stay with the Blues. Along with him, Lewandowski would be a great move. Previously strikers such as Shevchenko and Torres have totally gone wrong for Chelsea, so the Blues must be careful in their mega spending.

 

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