Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has conceded that he will definitely sell one misfiring forward this summer to make way for a superstar striker, with the need to improve attacking options at the forefront of his transfer plans ahead of next season.
The Blues have come frustratingly close to winning silverware on two fronts in Mourinho's first season at Stamford Bridge, coming up short when it mattered most in both the Premier League and Champions League semi-finals.
Much of the blame for that failure has been placed on three centre forwards who have all failed to register double figures in the Premier League, with Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba scoring nine, four and five respectively.
Mourinho has revealed he plans to swap one for one in attack at the end of the season, making room for the possibility of Atletico Madrid marksman Diego Costa replacing either Ba, Torres or Eto'o in West London.
He told talkSPORT: "A striker is something we are speaking about for a long time.
"Now, it's normal we bring in a striker, it's normal evolution of the team. One area we want to improve is striker position.
"We have three strikers at this moment. Normally one is coming, one is going. That is normal and logical."
Veteran forward Eto'o is actually still waiting to see if Mourinho will offer him another one-year deal at the Bridge, with the final game of his current contract coming this weekend against Cardiff City, although the Cameroon marksman will miss that potential swansong through injury.
Torres and Ba meanwhile could both still end up searching for pastures new this summer, particularly with the future of loan star Romelu Lukaku still very much undecided.
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