Chelsea should choose £55m Manchester United target

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Chelsea produced arguably the best performance of the Premier League season so far with a quite superb display to topple Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

While they obviously didn't plunder several goals past Joe Hart in the City net, they systematically dominated their hosts and were fantastic all over the pitch.

The fact that Chelsea did not take full advantage of such dominance with a hatful of goals points to one remaining glaring weakness in their side - the lack of a consistent, world-class striker who can be relied upon to thrive on the superb service commonly provided by the Blues' dazzling array of attacking midfield talent.

Earlier today, reports suggested that Jose Mourinho had three names on his summer striker transfer wishlist - Edinson Cavani, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Diego Costa - and that the club could spend £40 million in the pursuit of one of that aforementioned trio.

Personally, I don't think it is even a matter for debate that Chelsea require an enormous boost in the striking department.

While Samuel Eto'o has steadily improved since moving from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala during the summer, his contract expires at the end of the current campaign and is surely unlikely to be extended.

Demba Ba has proven to be totally ineffective whilst Fernando Torres, although not deserving of the extreme criticism he still seems to attract from some quarters, remains a shadow of the striker who terrorised defences during a particularly prolific spell at Liverpool.

If those aforementioned reports are indeed accurate, then it would appear Mourinho is aiming understandably high in his pursuit of a new forward.

So, if we assume for one moment that all three are attainable - which should he choose?

In my opinion, Cavani represents the best option of that trio. Whilst he has only been with wealthy Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain since the summer, the Uruguayan talisman has already scored 13 goals in 21 games and also enjoyed huge individual success with Napoli during a spell in Serie A.

Now, whilst I find it somewhat difficult to believe that the 26-year-old would be willing to call time on his spell in the French capital after just one solitary season, if a deal could be struck, I believe he represents a better long-term option than either Costa or Mandzukic.

Don't get me wrong, I also rate those two very highly indeed and they have both also been among the goals this season - Costa especially, who has been in phenomenal form to net 20 goals in 22 games as Atletico Madrid have soared to the very top of the La Liga standings.

But this is the first season that Costa has shown such formidable form, who is to say it will continue in the future in different surroundings?

Mandzukic, meanwhile, is a very useful option but I'm not convinced that he is nearly as talented as Cavani - who has proved his merit in two of Europe's biggest and most reputable divisions.

The only potential problem I can see with a realistic attempt at Chelsea signing Cavani is his price tag.

Reports last month suggested that Cavani - who was also linked with a sensational move to Manchester United - could cost at least £55 million, obviously more than Chelsea are supposedly looking to spend.

That's hardly surprising, though. While PSG are quickly developing a reputation for lavishing absurdly exorbitant sums on new recruits, they are no fools and would surely look to receive adequate financial

Chelsea signing Cavani would also have the added advantage of Manchester United not getting their hands on him.

While I think David Moyes would struggle to convince a player of that caliber to join during such a period of struggle and transition at Old Trafford, you surely have to think that the Scot will have a lot of money to spend during the summer and could elevate United back into the title run-in with players of such quality.

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