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Chelsea: 5 strikers that can answer their prayers

Edinson Cavani to Manchester United/ Chelsea
Edinson Cavani to Manchester United/ Chelsea .

Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o - In the past these two names would have struck fear into any defender's heart, but times have changed for the formerly prolific duo and José Mourinho needs to find a striker of their past quality if he wants to take Chelsea to the next level.

Mourinho's men looked stretched and perplexed in Paris last night, falling to a 3-1 defeat to Laurent Blanc's Paris Saint-Germain in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

One notable inclusion on the team sheet was André Schürrle being played up-front ahead of Torres as a false nine, a risk that would not to come off for the Special One. Torres was brought on as an impact sub but failed to influence the game in the least.

The question now beckons, who should Chelsea go for in the summer to solve their striker woes?

Edison Cavani

The first option we have is part of the same team that Chelsea fell to last night. Chelsea were linked with the gladiator-like Uruguayan in the summer when he looked set to leave Napoli but he ended up making a shock move to PSG for a reported fee of £55m.

Cavani was the heart and soul of Napoli whilst he was there, showcasing his ability to score goals of any kind and mixing it with a never say die attitude you seem to rarely get these days from a player so technically gifted.

Games - 40

Goals - 23

Diego Costa

Perhaps the obvious solution for Mourinho. Costa has shone this season and propelled Atletico Madrid to an unlikely title challenge whilst also scoring the goals to keep them in the Champion's League.

Costa has risen to prominence this season and whilst he has never said he's unhappy in Madrid, they are a club that have been known to sell their best players if big fees are offered.

The likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and most recently Radamel Falcao prove testament to that. Chelsea should move early as he looks more and more likely to be Spain's first-choice striker at the World Cup this summer and he could add to his list of suitors there.

Games - 39

Goals - 32

Mario Balotelli

Balotelli's talent is undeniable and Mourinho will be well aware of it having managed him in his treble-winning stint at Inter Milan. Since then, Balotelli moved to Manchester City, where he showed incredible attributes (along with a untameable temperament) and even provided the assist for Aguero as City incredibly stole the title from rivals Manchester United in the last minute of the last day of the season.

If any manager can control Balotelli's behaviour you'd have to believe it would be Mourinho and after a dismal campaign from AC Milan this season it wouldn't be surprising to see him become available.

Games - 34

Goals - 17

Radamel Falcao

Another player that Chelsea were heavily linked with in the summer before making a big money move to France. Falcao was one of Europe's most fearsome goalscorers last season and even boasts a European Super Cup final hat-trick against the Blues as part of his ever growing CV.

The Colombian was enjoying a good first season at Monaco before tearing his ACL on January 2 and it's not certain if he'll be back in time for the world cup. This being said, Falcao's abilities as a poacher are second to none, he's a classic fox-in-the-box and would score for any side.

Games - 17

Goals - 9

Mario Mandžukić

Although Mandžukić has enjoyed a very good season at Bayern Munichand is currently leading the Bundesliga's scoring charts, there are murmurs that the Croatian could be on the move this summer.

It'll be no surprise for anyone to hear that Pep Guardiola would prefer a striker that was more mobile and could drop deep to influence play more in the vein that Lionel Messi did for him at Barcelona. He's clearly toyed a few teams by deploying Mario Götze in a similar role.

The 6"1' striker would be very welcome in Mourinho's squad asMandžukić boasts a fantastic footballing mind and is no stranger to putting in a shift.

Games - 33

Goals - 19

 

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