Iago Aspas: YouTube Showreel for Rumored Chelsea Transfer Target
The recent capture of former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba doesn't appear to have dampened Chelsea's appetite for signing new forwards, with media reports claiming they are very interested in taking Iago Aspas to Stamford Bridge as well.
Celta Vigo's eight-goal forward has been in fine form this season and has attracted the attention of the reigning Champions League holders, according to Marca.com (in Spanish). The €10 million release clause is attractive enough to make him an immediate target, according to the report, while Celta will attempt to persuade him to stay out the season in Spain.
Currently lying in 15th place, Celta are only a single point outside the relegation zone at the halfway stage of the season.
As for Iago Aspas, Chelsea would be bringing in a forward with a proven record of scoring goals over the last two seasons—though only this campaign has been at the highest level.
Celta are enjoying their first season back in the top flight of Spanish football after having been relegated in 2007, playing the five years between then and the beginning of this season in La Segunda.
Iago Aspas made his breakthrough to the first team in 2008-09, figuring at the end of the campaign and scoring two goals late on against Alaves to help Celta Vigo avoid relegation to the third tier of Spanish football.
He became a regular in the squad over the next two seasons, scoring nine league goals in total, before having a breakout season during 2011-12 in which he hit 23 goals in 35 games to lead Celta to a second-place finish, and automatic promotion back to La Liga.
Questions were of course asked about the 25-year-old's ability to transfer this goalscoring form into the top flight, but he has coped admirably, hitting eight in 19 games so far—almost half of his team's 19 goals.
Iago Aspas averages 3.6 shots per game for his struggling side, the same as Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid and Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla, with only Messi and Ronaldo managing more in the entire division.
A strong forward who is very direct with the ball at his feet and shows good acceleration, Iago Aspas would provide Chelsea with plenty of competition in their line of attackers—and would provide many more questions for the club to answer about the future of Fernando Torres.
Statistics from WhoScored.com and TransferMarkt.co.uk
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