As was anticipated, the European transfer window is beginning to find its stride and has seen several big deals edge agonisingly nearer to completion in recent days, a few to Chelsea’s disappointment.
The Daily Mail’s John Drayton has announced that Robert Lewandowski will move to Bayern Munich next summer, and the Express has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain have almost signed Edinson Cavani, presumably ending any Chelsea interest in the pair.
What’s more, the Guardian reports that Bayern Munich have agreed to let Mario Gomez join Fiorentina for a fee of £17 million this summer, further damaging the Blues’ hopes of recruiting a star forward.
Mario Gomez: Of every player to have scored 10+ goals in the Bundesliga last season, the striker had the best on target conversion (57.9%)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 8, 2013
Although Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have both had their days in the sun, the duo haven’t exactly displayed their best form at Stamford Bridge, making striker one of the main positions in need of reinforcements for Jose Mourinho.
With that in mind, there are still a few players who can provide the Portuguese boss with what he needs, but the Blues may need to move fast in the coming weeks in order to land them.
A forward linked with a raft of outfits this summer, Stevan Jovetic can certainly consider himself a man in demand. Fiorentina’s poster boy recently helped in leading La Viola to fourth place in Serie A, supposedly encouraging more interest from Chelsea in his services.
The Montenegrin international recently spoke to Gazzetto dello Sport (h/t ESPN) regarding his summer options, talking of his admiration for the Premier League:
For a year they (Juventus) have said they want me. I come before (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Carlos) Tevez and (Gonzalo) Higuain in their list. Who would not be flattered?
With (Juventus manager Antonio) Conte I feel that I could continue to grow. I think the feeling is mutual. But the Premier League is also fantastic championship, as is La Liga. I have some opportunities so we'll see.
With Tevez since moving to the Old Lady and Fernando Llorente already amongst their ranks, it’s uncertain as to whether Juve would still look to tie up a deal for Jovetic.
Still only 23 years of age and improving as long as he can stay fit, Jovetic could be the central scoring asset Chelsea have been in search of, although the forward is adept at playing out wide also.
As aforementioned, it seems likely that Napoli’s Cavani will opt for a summer move to PSG in the coming days, although other sides may yet hold out a hope of spoiling the Parisians’ party.
If the Uruguayan were to arrive in the French capital, his presence would undoubtedly clash with that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the current hitman supreme at Parc des Princes.
Strong, bulky and with more than a little speed in their arsenal, the pair are very similar in style, with neither likely to agree to playing second fiddle to any other in the squad.
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As a result, Chelsea may yet come out of such a deal with one of the world’s best strikers in their ranks, albeit a 31-year-old who might provide a very short-term solution to the problem.
All things considered, Ibrahimovic is a scorer of goals and managed to net 39 across all competitions last term, more than proving his credentials despite his age.
Somewhat of an outcast at Manchester City in the last season or so, Edin Dzeko would be one of the more understated arrivals at Stamford Bridge if he were to move.
The Bosnian international has fallen victim to the competition on hand at the Etihad Stadium, losing playing time to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
With the latter two no longer at the club, Dzeko may now hope to worm his way into the Citizens’ lineup.
However, despite his relatively low amount of involvement in City’s starting XI, the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson reports that Jose Mourinho is a fan and wants to acquire Dzeko’s services.
Due to his lower reputation as a superstar striker, Dzeko might be picked up for a cut-price fee compared to the likes of Cavani, Radamel Falcao or Neymar.
That doesn’t necessarily speak of the 27-year-old’s talent, though, as Dzeko almost certainly has the potential to impress given the right playing time and source of provision, both of which he may receive in West London.