Mauro Icardi or Paulo Dybala - who should Chelsea sign?

Icardi and Dybala have impressed this season for Inter and Palermo respectively (©GettyImages)

With Didier Drogba looking likely to retire and Loïc Rémy ageing, Chelsea are in the hunt for another striker to play second fiddle to Diego Costa.

Drogba and Rémy have done well in the absence of Costa, but another striker is needed up front to revitalise the Blues forward line and to compete with the strike forces of other teams, such as Manchester City who have recently acquired Wilfried Bony.

Two frequently mentioned names that are becoming associated as Chelsea transfer targets include Inter Milan hotshot Mauro Icardi and Palermo contract rebel Paulo Dybala.

The Blues have been linked with Icardi in recent months, while Palermo's president has stated Dybala is "almost certain" to be moving this summer, with a host of clubs across Europe interested. 

Icardi is a young, burgeoning striker. At the age of 21, he still has a way to go, but his clinical finishing has led to 13 goals in Serie A this season, along with three assists.

Icardi has shown his physical prowess as well, often getting into physical battles with opposing centre-backs. Inter have become reliant on the young striker for good reason; he's come forward in the big matches this season, as seen versus Juventus when he scored the equalising goal.

His goals have been vitally important for Inter this season, leading to obvious transfer speculation from the likes of Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. 

Dybala has developed into a creative and mesmerising talent. Dybala has scored 11 goals and registered eight assists this season for Palermo in 22 appearances, a hefty output for a young centre-forward.

His versatility has led to him being pushed out wide to the right or behind the striker. His ability to link up with his midfielders and strikers compensates for his weak physical presence while he has also shown his incisive passing abilities along with an expansive skill set as seen versus Napoli.

Indeed, Dybala's characteristics have led to comparisons with Manchester City forward Sergio Agüero. 

Bright future

While Icardi offers strength and clinical finishing for Chelsea, Dybala is a better foil for Costa, as his off-the-ball contributions can lead to goals. Icardi may seem like a typical Jose Mourinho player, but Chelsea don't need a player who is a younger version of Costa.

Furthermore, Icardi is known to cause problems with his teammates, witnessed at Sampdoria and at Inter, and Mourinho is the last man that wants locker room conflicts.

Mourinho does not need a player with an enlarged ego; he needs a player willing to play backup or alongside Costa. With Dybala he will be getting exactly that. Dybala can play in tandem with another striker and he won't be expecting to be playing as Chelsea's main striker either.

His characteristics provide variety in a Chelsea front-line that is anything but. Although Dybala will cost a pretty penny, he is better suited to playing for a team like Chelsea as what he offers is unique. Dybala has a capacity to grow, and at Stamford Bridge, it is possible seeing how Drogba is fading and Remy is ageing.  

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