Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been in vastly improved form this season compared to last, but that hasn’t stopped Roman Abramovich being linked with more spending on top hitman.
One thread that has run through the various reports of the Blues chasing a new striker is that manager Roberto di Matteo is keen to provide Torres with some competition in the centre-forward role.
Currently they only have the Spaniard and youngster Daniel Sturridge, but the occasional England international does not appear to be in Di Matteo’s plans for the position he craves to fill.
If we agree with the argument that they need another top class striker to challenge or compliment Torres, who should they attempt to sign in January?
Here are five options they could take up…
Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid
The Colombian has been heavily linked with a Stamford Bridge switch recently and there are few that could argue he would not be a terrific signing. Falcao has scored goals, lots of them, wherever he has played, but Torres could well find himself second fiddle again if the Atleti man arrives.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke 04
Huntelaar has continued to get amongst the goals at the start of the season, having bagged an incredible 48 last. This would also likely be the cheapest option in January, as the Holland international’s contract at the Bundesliga club expires at the end of the season and they could likely be convinced to sell rather than losing him for free.
Fernando Llorente, Atheltic Bilbao
The Spaniard is in a similar situation to Huntelaar, in terms of contract situation, and both provide the opportunity to acquire a top class centre-forward for a very attractive price. The only issue would be wages, as the possibility of a Bosman transfer come the end of the season would allow them to demand more.
Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid
The Argentinean is not quite first choice under Jose Mourinho at Santiago Bernbeu and they have also been linked with a move for Falcao, which is something Chelsea could take advantage of. However, Higuain is a striker in a similar mould to Torres and Di Matteo could possibly be after an addition that provides something a little different.
Loic Remy, Marseille
The France international has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur numerous times over the past season or so, but recent reports have suggested Di Matteo is interested in moving for the 25-year-old. Remy would certainly be a contract to Torres; he is more mobile, he is quicker and can play in wider position if needed, so gives Chelsea more variety.
Which of these players do you think would be the best transfer for Chelsea to make?
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