Chelsea identify three striker targets after Diego Costa injury blow

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Chelsea could be forced back into the transfer market after the injury picked up by Diego Costa in training, according to reports in Italy.

The Spanish international has had a superb start to his career in the Premier League, netting twice in his first two games against Burnley and Leicester. However a hamstring injury in training has stopped him in his tracks.

Injury blow

Reports suggest he could be out of action for up to six weeks, which will be a huge problem for Chelsea if that diagnosis is confirmed. Fernando Torres has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and Dider Drogba picked up an ankle injury in pre-season which almost caused him to miss the start of the season. 

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That could well mean that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is forced back into the transfer market, and Corriere dello Sport say he has three potential options in mind to add depth to his attacking unit. 


They say that Radamel Falcao is a potential option. He seems destined to leave Monaco before the end of the transfer window. He's been linked with Chelsea for some time but more recently it's been claimed that Liverpool could get him on loan, while Real Madrid are also interested.

Roma ace Destro is said to be another option - he scored 13 goals in just 20 league appearances last season which bought him to the attention of the Blues. Tottenham have also been linked with him in recent weeks.


The final name on the list is Jackson Martinez of Porto, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time. The Portuguese ace is believed to have been attracting interest from Arsenal recently - however Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has insisted it is unlikely that he will sign a new forward before deadline day.

Corriere dello Sport claim that the alternative to buying a striker is blocking Torres' switch to AC Milan. However given how keen Mourinho is to get rid of the Spaniard that seems unlikely.


Torres is said to be in talks with the Italian club although the deal has hit a snag - they want to take him on loan while Chelsea would prefer the move to be permanent. 

The Blues take on Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League this weekend.

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