Chelsea have been linked with many big-name acquisitions to fill the void created by Didier Drogba and only widened by Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
This article examines some of the pros and cons of the many names Chelsea have been linked with recently.
Edinson Cavani | Napoli
Arguably the perfect fit for José Mourinho's system at Chelsea. The Uruguayan is a pure finisher, strong, and quick - just like Drogba was.
He plays well as a target player, and could feed off of the likes of Hazard, Mata, Schurrle, Oscar, and Moses.
Scoring 104 goals in 138 games with Napoli speaks for itself, and his prowess with his head and both of his feet make him one of the most feared strikers in all of football.
However, with a release-clause rumoured to be around £53m, Chelsea are right to be cautious when thinking about triggering his release. The Chelsea front office has not forgotten another £50m striker who has not lived up to his price tag.
All in all, Cavani seems to be the perfect fit for the Special One's new reign at the Bridge.
Stevan Jovetic | Fiorentina
Injury prone, and does not always play with the type of aggression that one would expect from a player of his calibre. However, at the ripe age of 23, Mourinho could see Jovetic as a perfect player to partner with Lukaku, forming a new core of Chelsea attack.
Furthermore, Mourinho has a knack for getting passion out of his best players, so the Fiorentina man could very well develop into a great striker at the Bridge.
Jovetic is rumoured to cost Chelsea much less than Cavani, but with the excess of injuries, Chelsea should not expect to pay more than £30m for the Montenegro international.
Jovetic can play out wide, he can play as a No. 9, and he can play as a target striker. His versatility could prove to be very useful, should some of the big names leave the club this summer.
Edin Dzeko | Manchester City
The super-sub. Not a title he is proud of, but still a great finisher and a tried-and-true pure striker.
Like Cavani, Dzeko can get it done in the air, or at his feet; but he was never given a string of opportunities under former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
His lack of starts could be a question mark for the Bosnian's future, and Chelsea would be well to be extra cautious on taking on another prima-donna.
That being said, if Lukaku is to be relied on, as is to be expected, Dzeko and Ba could provide for excellent cover if the young Belgian does not replicate his form he showed while on loan at the Hawthorns.
Burak Yilmaz | Galatasaray
A widely under-appreciated striker on the continent, Yilmaz is a very strong and athletic striker currently playing for Galatasaray.
The Turkish international netted 24 times in his last domestic season, and racked up 55 goals for Trabzonspor before his move to Istanbul. Yilmaz has played well against some of Europe's top clubs, including a match-winning goal against Manchester United, and two goals against Schalke.
Despite some good performances against top European competition, Yilmaz still has something to prove if Chelsea are to match the rumoured asking price of £20m for the 27-year-old.
Mario Gomez | Bayern Munich
After being sent to the bench for Champions League winners Bayern Munich this season, Gomez is widely viewed as unhappy and even surplus to the needs of incoming boss Pep Guardiola.
Gomez has had some very good moments at the Allianz, but seems to be on the downturn of his career, despite being only 27 years-old. While Gomez could potentially bring goals to Stamford Bridge, he certainly is not the future of José Mourinho's Chelsea.
Robert Lewandowski | Borussia Dortmund
What's a list without the star Pole?! Lewandowski is a bright young talent. A pure striker. A lethal finisher. A winner. His strong presence makes him an ideal target man for Chelsea; however, this transfer looks to be hopeless, as the Chelsea front office seems to have given up hope on this transfer.
Additionally, the player seems dead set on a move to Champions League holders Bayern Munich; and with one year left on his contract, this move could very well be the most likely for the Polish striker.
There is no doubt that Chelsea need a new striker to bring in goals for next season. Most have given up hope on Torres rediscovering his El Niño form.
The acquisition of Demba Ba in the January transfer window was a solid move; however, without consistent play, Demba Ba will most likely not be a feared Premier League striker.
Lukaku will thus see substantial playing time unless the Blues make a big splash for a scorer. It does not seem likely that the Special One would put the success of his first season back at the Bridge in the hands of a 20 year old, Belgian striker who was in and out of the first team at West Brom.
All signs point to a big signing. But who will it be? Chelsea need Edinson Cavani, Stevan Jovetic, or at the very least, Burak Yilmaz.
Rest assured, José will get the target striker that he craves.
All we can do is sit back and wait until the Special One brings in a talisman to replace the gaping hole left by Didier Drogba.
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