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Attackers Chelsea Should Target to Replace Fernando Torres

Alana NassiahCorrespondent IApril 7, 2013

Attackers Chelsea Should Target to Replace Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres has been less than thrilling during his time at ChelseaI highly doubt anyone will argue that statement. 

    He has not lived up to his £50 million transfer fee, and Torres' days at Chelsea are numbered. 

    No one would blame Roman Abramovich if he looked for a way to get the Spaniard off of his team. Torres is affecting Chelsea's ability to effectively challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

    This summer very well could see the end of Torres' tenure at Stamford Bridge. But who will Abramovich bring in to replace the once-lethal striker should this happen?

    Here are some ideas.

Andre Schurrle

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    Andre Schurrle has been on Chelsea's target list for a while, according to German publication Bild (h/t ESPNFC.com). The Blues seem desperate to acquire his signature. 

    And why not?

    The young German would be a welcome addition to Abramovich's squad. He is excellent at long range and is a prolific finisher, something Torres has had problems with in the recent past.

    Chelsea is apparently willing to offer Bayer Leverkusen £12 million and Kevin de Bruyne for Schurrle.

    That would be an offer that Leverkusen would find difficult to turn down. The young de Bruyne is currently on a season-long loan at Werder Bremen and is a member of the Belgium national team. 

    Leverkusen may be willing to let this deal happen because of de Bruyne's potential.

    On social media, Chelsea fans pepper Schurrle with requests to join their club. This summer, their dream may come true.

Radamel Falcao

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    Atletico Madrid may find it very difficult to keep Radamel Falcao this summer.

    The 27-year-old Colombian has attracted the attention of many big European clubs over this past year including Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid, according to ESPN.com.

    Although Falcao still has three years left on his Atletico contract, he very well could be gone this summer.

    Chelsea could really use Falcao's talents. He can score goals with either foot and plays really well under pressure. But Falcao would most likely cost Chelsea around the same price the team paid for Torres. 

    Abramovich may be willing to give Atletico that money because of Falcao's tremendous upside.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Chelsea was linked to Robert Lewandowski in 2012, but a deal never happened.

    However, the Polish striker is set to leave Borussia Dortmund in the near future, according to James Dickenson of Express, and who's to say Chelsea isn't on his list?

    Lewandowsi has long been a Manchester United and Bayern Munich target, but surely he would be a great addition to the Blues.

    Lewandowski is dangerous in front of goal and is very lethal in the air. Of course Chelsea would benefit from him.

    Since Lewandowski is on his way out, he could end up anywhere. 

    Should Chelsea offer him the right amount of money, Lewandowski may be a Blue in the upcoming year.

Karim Benzema

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    Karim Benzema could be a Chelsea player this upcoming summer.

    Rumors have been circulating for a while about the possibilities of the Frenchman joining Roman Abramovich's side, and perhaps this summer it may finally happen.

    Real Madrid may be willing to sell Benzema in order to make room for either Napoli's Edinson Cavani or Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

    Should Benzema stay at Los Blancos, he could find himself on the bench more often if new forwards are signed.

    At Chelsea, Benzema would replace Torres and should start ahead of Demba Ba.

    Not only can Benzema finish, but he is also a great passer. In addition to his eight goals in La Liga this season, he has had six assists. 

    Abramovich could get Benzema at a good price since Madrid is willing to sell. 

Neymar

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    This is a long shot.

    Many teams in Europe want Neymar. Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City are said to be actively pursuing the young Brazilian, according to Paulo Freitas of SkySports.

    Neymar may not renew his contract at Santos in 2014 (per FIFA.com), and could be on his way to Europe soon.

    Chelsea attaining Neymar's signature is a long shot because the Spanish teams are thought to be the front-runners.

    But the Blues may have the X-factor.

    Several Brazilians already play for Abramovich's side (Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires and Lucas Piazon). Neymar could be convinced to join his fellow countrymen at Stamford Bridge. 

    Neymar is an electric forward with incredible technique and creativity. He may fit in faster with Chelsea than any other team in Europe. But we will have to wait and see whether Abramovich is willing to splash a lot of cash on the young Brazilian.

    Neymar may or may not be worth it.

    It will be interesting to see how well he can adapt to Europe no matter which team he joins.

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