Spain international striker Diego Costa has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea for months as the Blues look to reinvent their attack ahead of the 2014-2015 season.
Reports in recent weeks suggest the west London side had already agreed a £32million fee for the Spaniard, but the forward has remained tight-lipped on the situation - based on these reports, it does look like a matter of when and not if.
This would come as a welcome addition to the Blues, who have endured a tough season of seeing rival strikers net 20-30 times in the Premier League as their faltering trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o, and Demba Ba have registered nineteen accumulatively.
Although Costa would be a very suitable tonic for the Blues’ striker crisis, they would be naive to think Costa is the only signing needed to turn them back into a title winning outfit.
Eto’o will not be given a contract extension and will leave the Capital, labelling Mourinho a “fool” as he bows out of his spell in London.
Should Costa be the only striker signed by the Blues, any injuries, fatigue or long-term personal issues sustained by the Brazil-born forward could see Chelsea left without a striker should Torres and Ba follow Eto’o out the door, or should the pair stay, succumb to the same crisis they suffered this season; relying solely on misfiring strikers.
It is crucial that Chelsea obtain at least two more strikers this season for these reasons.
Croatian hitman Mario Mandzukic, who scored eighteen goals in thirty appearances for Bayern Munich this season, could also be a strong possibility. The forward has also been heavily linked with Chelsea, and he fits the mould of a Mourinho-type player – prolific, hard-working and defensive.
Romelu Lukaku always remains an option for Chelsea, admittedly one that is often overlooked, but with 33 goals from his previous two loan-spells in the Premier League, the Belgian has proven he is up to the job, and should definitely be considered for use in the Blues’ first-team.
A frontline consisting of Costa, Mandzukic and Lukaku is a combination most Chelsea fans would find mouth-watering and would strike fear into the hearts of their title rivals. It is also likely to warrant a lot less complaints from Mourinho about impotent his strikers are!