As the transfer window edges closer to it's deadline, it seems Manchester United's grip on the infamous Wayne Rooney situation slides closer into the Red Devils' control, which will be seen as a blow to Jose Mourinho's side as the new Chelsea boss had previously claimed it would be "Rooney or bust" for the remainder of this transfer window.
The west London club will be desperate to bring in a striker before the end of the transfer window, as £50million Spaniard, Fernando Torres, has lacked consistency during his time at Stamford Bridge.
£7m January signing, Demba Ba does not seem to have the technical abilities to fit into the system that Mourinho will be trying to implement in his second stint as Blues boss, while Romelu Lukaku is a frightening prospect, however, the Portuguese would not want to push a youngster straight into the fray of a team striving to win the title.
Rooney would be an excellent long-term acquisition to bolster Chelsea's desired dominance, however there seems an exciting solution in Fulham's main-man Dimitar Berbatov.
This name linked with Chelsea may come as a surprise to some fans, but when looking at the former Manchester United poacher's credentials and qualities, it would seem as a stroke of genius if the Europa League champions were to prize the 32-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Berbatov showed last season he is in no decline of quality, with the Bulgarian bagging an impressive 15 goals in 35 games for the Cottagers. But, it is not only the veteran striker's finishing which would please the Stamford Bridge faithful; the frontman has excellent technical ability, great passing and awareness on the ball; this would allow him to fit well with the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Chelsea's other talented attacking midfield options.
Another bonus of bringing in the former Spurs striker would be that it would benefit Romelu Lukaku to have an experienced striker on the training ground with him, teaching the Belgian different techniques in order to better the 20-year-old and help him suit the long-term mould.
Berbatov will also seemingly be brought in on the cheap - he was brought to Craven Cottage for a fee of around £5million last summer, and it is unlikely his value would have risen since then as his age may ease any reluctance to sell the no.9.
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