Chelsea Transfers: 6 Potential Replacements for Didier Drogba

Dan Renfro@danrenfroCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2012

Chelsea Transfers: 6 Potential Replacements for Didier Drogba

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    Didier Drogba is gone, and Chelsea need to find a replacement.

    Rather than go after the same bruising style that Drogba brought to the table, Chelsea can go after a striker with more finesse. For the most part, the Blues are looking for a central striker that can work on his own.

    At this point, anything is possible. Some rumours are out there and some aren't. Some players are leaving their current club no matter what, while other are only leaving for the right deal.

    I've done my best to offer six potential options for Chelsea's striker role. Again, some are likely, and some are pipe dreams. Regardless, here they are.

Ideye Brown, Dynamo Kiev

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    Ideye Brown is a long-term solution that Chelsea would have to truly commit to.

    The 23-year-old Nigerian had a solid season at Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), scoring 12 goals in 24 league appearances. His powerful runs and good finishing ability are supposedly reminiscent of Didier Drogba.

    As a result, Chelsea are interested. However, if the Blues invest in this kid, they are most likely giving up on Romelu Lukaku. After bringing in the Belgian last summer, Chelsea never really played Lukaku. There's no real reason he didn't play much, but it sure wasn't a good sign.

    If Chelsea have given up on Lukaku, don't be surprised if they make a move for Brown.

Edinson Cavani, Napoli

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    Edinson Cavani's name has been tossed around for a while now, and no one is quite sure where he will end up next season. 

    The Uruguayan addressed all the transfer talk a couple days ago, and he didn't seem too worried.

    Cavani will play hard and score goals wherever he ends up, whether it's at Napoli, Juventus or Chelsea.

    His realism is admirable, and Cavani would be a great asset for the Blues. It might take a lot to get him, but he could end up being a Chelsea legend.

Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid

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    Radamel Falcao has been scoring goals at every single level.

    He started at River Plate (Argentina), and played a few seasons there. Then he moved to Portugal and won a handful of trophies at FC Porto. This past season, he helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League.

    He rises to the occasion, and can find the back of the net against anyone. It appears that Falcao will cost around £50 million, which might be a bit too pricey for Chelsea. 

    Then again, if you can get 30-plus goals (something Falcao has done in each of the past three years) from your striker, maybe Chelsea need to seriously consider this move.

Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid

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    You can't always trust Jose Mourinho.

    Even though "The Special One" said Gonzalo Higuain isn't leaving Real Madrid, you can never be too sure. It might be a long shot, but if Chelsea persist, Madrid may sell the Argentine.

    Higuain is a very good player, but he's second in line at Madrid. If he wanted to get full playing time, he could ask to leave, and Chelsea would be in business.

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

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    After a crazy saga in January, Carlos Tevez stayed at Manchester City.

    After playing sparingly, Tevez could be on the move again. Although it's a long shot, he might fit well at Chelsea. His direct style of play would be a great compliment to the creativity of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.

    Considering his history with the two Manchester clubs, Tevez would be a great asset in bringing down the top two teams in England. He is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, and Chelsea should look into a transfer for him.

    Again, this one is a pipe dream, but that doesn't mean Chelsea shouldn't consider it.

Fernando Torres, Chelsea

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    Maybe Chelsea don't need a transfer to find Dider Drogba's replacement.

    Fernando Torres was brought in last January, and he's struggled to say the least. However, with Drogba gone, maybe he can become the man for Chelsea to rally around.

    Don't forget that Torres was once a world-class striker. With more talent surrounding him next year, Torres could become the great finisher he once was. He had a strong showing to finish the year, and if he plays well at the European championships, Torres could have a great foundation for next year.

    If Chelsea don't feel like spending more money this summer, maybe Torres is the best option.