Chelsea Transfer News: 7 Deadline Scenarios to Strengthen Blues' EPL Challenge
Chelsea have enjoyed a fruitful transfer window in the aftermath of becoming the champions of Europe.
The Blues moved to sign Marko Marin from Werder Bremen before the season was out, but their triumph in Munich has boosted their attractiveness to some of the world's most talented players.
It appears that the Blues could dip in to the market once again. With a scintillating start to the season, perhaps prompting Roman Abramovich to realise Chelsea are ready to mount a title challenge now.
Here are seven scenarios that would bolster Chelsea's title push before the window closes.
Andre Schürrle, Bayer Leverkusen and Germany
Andre Schürrle would fit perfectly in to Roberto Di Matteo's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. The German is adept at fulfilling any of the positions in the “three,” but one could say the same about Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Marko Marin, Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses.
Chelsea already possess an abundance of options, so it seems likely that they are prepared to sell in order for Schürrle's arrival to make sense. Sturridge appears to be the likely casualty and Schürrle would be an excellent replacement.
The former Mainz 05 star could is technically excellent with a tendency to link well in between the lines, characteristics that fit in to the new philosophy at Stamford Bridge.
Estimated cost: €20 million
Radamel Falcao Garcia, Atletico Madrid and Colombia
The Colombian has been phenomenal over the past two seasons and the catalyst to two consecutive Europa League triumphs with Porto and Atletico Madrid.
Due to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's goal scoring exploits, his form has not received the adulation that it deserves. With 39 goals in 52 games for Los Colchoneros, Falcao has proven he can perform in the best leagues in Europe after dominating the Liga ZON Sagres.
Radamel Falcao Garcia would be a tremendous addition to the Blues, but he is not versatile, in a similar way to Fernando Torres, as he can only operate centrally. Roberto Di Matteo might be reluctant to sanction such as a move (if he has any say at all) without the possibility to maintain Torres in the starting lineup as well.
Estimated cost: €50 million
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Manchester United and Mexico
This story slipped under the radar somewhat, after ESPN reported that Chelsea had made an enquiry for Javier Hernandez earlier this month.
The Mexican could be the perfect cover for Fernando Torres, while gaining slightly more opportunities than it appears he will with the Red Devils. Firmly behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Hernandez appears to be behind Danny Welbeck too.
Any slight willingness to discuss a proposed deal could have ended though after Rooney's injury at the weekend potentially keeping him out for up to two months.
Estimated cost: €30 million
Edinson Cavani, Napoli and Uruguay
Edinson Cavani has probably outgrown Napoli with two excellent goal scoring seasons in Serie A, after his move from Palermo. In addition to scoring 49 goals in 68 Serie A matches, El Matador has five goals in eight games in the Champions League, proving Cavani could score goals in any league.
Linked with Chelsea in the past, Cavani would have provided the perfect solution to a misfiring Fernando Torres last season. But given that the Spaniard has rediscovered his form, such a high calibre striker could be detrimental to his form, or force him to raise his game even further.
Estimated cost: €55 million
Hulk, Porto and Brazil
Hulk has long been linked with Chelsea and the Blues were thought to have tabled a £38 million bid, according to The Daily Mail. The Porto forward seemed destined to join the Blues earlier but the story appears to have gone quiet.
The Dragões refused to budge on their valuation of the Seleção international though, with the Blues looking elsewhere for attacking talent. After they captured Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses it is now in doubt as to whether Chelsea would require the services of the former Tokyo Verdy striker.
Due to Hulk's ability to cover as a central striker, it could be a deal that Roberto Di Matteo would like the Blues to revisit with Daniel Sturridge appearing to be ready to depart.
Estimated cost: €40 million
Willian, Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil
It was recently reported that Spurs have also registered an interest, with Sky Sports reporting that a bid of just £11.8 million was rejected. That Spurs were encouraged to bid so little, in comparison to the Chelsea bid that was rejected, suggests that the Ukrainian club could often their original response to the Blues at the beginning of the summer.
Roman Abramovich and the Hirnyky's owner Rinat Akhmetov have good relations which could strike a deal in Chelsea's favour should the reignite an interest in the samba star.
Estimated cost: €25 million
Theo Walcott, Arsenal and England
Chelsea have had longstanding interest in Theo Walcott and it appears as if Arsenal will be prepared to sell the England international with a new contract looking unlikely.
Walcott has a year left on his contract with the Gunners, who will be loath to lose him on a free transfer next year, which means he could be available for as little as £12 million.
Walcott would represent a cheaper alternative to many of the other forwards that have been linked to the Blues in recent days, and could prove to be the most sensible in light of Fernando Torres's excellent start to the season.
Walcott would get a legitimate shot at being the first alternative to Torres down the middle, a position that he has always coveted, but appears unlikely to ever fulfil with Arsenal.
If Chelsea are intent on recouping some funds this summer, with Daniel Sturridge potentially sacrificed, Walcott could be an attractive option due to his price being potentially half of what could be commanded for Sturridge.
Estimated cost: £12 million