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.
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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