No one would be surprised if Roman Abramovich agreed to open his absolutely massive wallet and fork over a significant amount for a new striker in the current January window.
Chelsea have seen their worst nightmare come to fruition this season, falling so far from grace that some were actually starting to tip them for relegation. That now looks to be an unfounded fear, but they're facing a tremendous fight to qualify for the Europa League. Indeed, their top four hopes are over.
One possible reason for Chelsea's terrible season is Abramovich's failure to invest in new talent in the summer. Jose Mourinho worked hard to sign John Stones from Everton but found the coffers with regards to a striker completely empty.
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The Portuguese was forced to take a huge gamble on Radamel Falcao, loaning him from Monaco for the season. From a very early stage, it became clear it was a mistake. Now, the Colombian is virtually useless to the Blues and could even leave in the current window. Either way, Hiddink will look to sign a new striker.
According to the reliable Matt Hughes at The Times, the Dutchman has drawn up a list of four names that could bolster the squad on a short-term basis. Some names are unsurprising, like Jamie Vardy, for example. Others, however, are flat-out shocking.
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Vardy, who currently leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 15 goals, is seen as an ideal option for the Blues. His form this season has caught the eye of Chelsea scouts and his age, 29, makes him a seemingly ideal short-to-mid-term option.
However, Leicester know that selling Vardy could well cost them any chance of qualifying for the Champions League, which in itself could earn them something like £60million next season. As a result, they are unlikely to sell for anything less than £30m.
West Brom's wantaway forward Saido Berahino is also on the list while Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez has been scouted extensively over the last few seasons. Both would cost around £20m and neither would arrive in the best of form.
But it is the last name that has got everyone talking. That name is Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker is without a club after being released from Tottenham and his immediate availability has been noted by Hiddink.
He could be in line for a six-month deal if Chelsea fail to sign anyone else, but it doesn't bear thinking about how much he will ask for. We guess it's in the region of £900,000-a-week.