Chelsea's plans to sign an additional striker in the the January transfer window have taken an unexpected turn, as they are considering the possibility of raiding a direct rival.
According to the London Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a striker in the winter window and his top target is Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, but the Blues have also eyed Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as a possible alternative.
A bid for the Bosnian would be an ambitious move by the Stamford Bridge club, as Manuel Pellegrini's side are most definitely direct rivals with Chelsea in the Premier League title race.
Dzeko is currently getting more starting opportunities than usual at the moment too, as Sergio Aguero is currently sidelined and Pellegrini often uses two strikers in his system - all of which makes a successful move by the Blues for Dzeko an unlikely prospect.
The report claims Mourinho's striker plans will ultimately spell the end of Demba Ba's time Chelsea only a year after joining them from Newcastle United in a £7.5million deal.
Ba has failed to fire since making the switch, though he has not been alone in this regard - both Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o have also been unable to grasp the mantle of first choice so fart this season.
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