After a week in which Jose Mourinho’s team have scored just one goal from their two festive fixtures, Chelsea’s striking problems remain the proverbial elephant in the room.
No Chelsea forward has scored a goal away from home this calendar year, and with Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o looking well out of sorts against Arsenal and Swansea respectively, Mourinho might yet look at some big-money solutions in the January window.
A signing of that calibre, who would command a substantial fee, could give the Stamford Birdge outfit a huge boost going into the second half of the campaign. A regular stream of goals would take the pressure off the likes of Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard, who look the most likely to find the back of the net at the moment.
So who might Mourinho splash out on in January in order to alleviate his teams perennial striking issues? Let's run the rule over some of the most likely candidates:
As per the Daily Star’s Nick Lustig, Chelsea and Arsenal are preparing a bid for Atletico Madrid’s striking sensation Diego Costa.
If the deal was to go ahead, whilst Costa would not be able to feature in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, he would represent a fine coup for Mourinho.
The Brazilian-born forward would offer a completely new dimension to Chelsea’s attacking forays. This season, Costa has improved pretty much every facet of his game. His hold-up play is wonderful and his ability to bring other players into the game is something Atletico have used to great effect this season.
But most importantly, he has developed a real ruthless streak in front of goal. He has netted 19 goals in La Liga already this term and is leading the race for the Pichi from Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has relished being the main man after the sale of Falcao and if a deal is doable, than he’d be worth the extortionate January outlay. Whether he’d be willing to leave Atletico or whether Simeone would sanction a sale remain different matters entirely.
According to The Sun’s Andrew Dillon, Mourinho is willing to pay £48 million for Napoli’s Argentinian hitman.
The piece states that the Partenopei would be happy to do a deal that would see them make a circa £14 million profit after they shelled out £34 million pounds on the striker this summer.
Mourinho is familiar with Higuain, as the striker played under the Portuguese boss in his time at Real Madrid. Higuain was often preferred to Karim Benzema in the crunch games under Mourinho and he is obviously a massive fan of the River Plate academy graduate.
Is there any legs in this one? With Napoli out of the Champions League and undergoing something of a stuttering run of form as of late, a move to the Premier League would no doubt tempt Higuain. A fee touching £50 million would also surely tempt the Naples team.
He has class in abundance, noticeable by his return of 13 goals in just 21 appearances for Napoli. If Chelsea can pull this one off in January, it could make them favourites for the Premier League title.