Given the whimsical performances of Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao this year, there can be little doubt that Chelsea are in dire need of a striker this summer. Diego Costa simply can’t do it all alone.
Antonio Conte’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has seen the Blues linked with a variety of Serie A forwards in particular. The latest to join this ever growing list has been ex-Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic.
While the move certainly appears an unlikely one, it may prove a risk worth taking for the west London side. Jovetic has unfinished business in the Premier League and could experience a renaissance in a Blue jersey.
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After two relatively unspectacular seasons with Manchester City, Jovetic was loaned out to Inter Milan for 2015-16. Since his Italian return, the Montenegrin forward has collected six goals and two assists in 23 appearances.
The Nerazzurri were set to sign the forward permanently in the summer for £12.5 million as part of the loan agreement, but this now looks in jeopardy. Such a mediocre return since moving to the San Siro sees Inter reluctant to relinquish so much currency on the forward.
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Consequently, the door has opened for Jovetic to leave the Etihad Stadium permanently via a different route. Although his recent goal scoring record has been feeble, there can be no denying the 26-year-old remains an exciting prospect.
The latter publication even suggests that Conte is keen on the move.
Besides, Remy and Falcao’s combined league goal tally this season amounts to just a third of that of Jovetic's. The only way would be up if Chelsea swooped for the Montenegro international.
Moreover, it would be unwise to judge the 26-year-old solely on his time in Manchester. 11 goals in 39 outings for the Sky Blues is far from a poor record and his pitch time was limited due to the small matter of Sergio Aguero.
Therefore, Jovetic could prove a very useful asset off the bench for Chelsea and at half the price of targets such as Antoine Griezmann and Gonzalo Higuain. It would prove a risk, but the Blues could be buoyed by the fact they’d be investing in a man with Premier League experience.
His age also allows room for development and it’s even possible that the forward could reach his goal scoring peak around such a time.
Chelsea’s latest striker gamble, in the form of Radamel Falcao, may not have paid off but investing in Jovetic seems a far more calculated move. While it won’t have supporters partisan with excitement, it could prove the kind of canny transfer that sees the Blues climb the table in 2016-17.
Besides, a few bad seasons shouldn’t see Jovetic’s undoubted talent forgotten.
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