Chelsea Transfer News: Mourinho Speaks About Chelsea's Striker Situation

Robbie DunneContributor IIIApril 4, 2014

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho sits in the technical area prior to the start of the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Chelsea's Jose Mourinho said during his press conference Friday that his team were currently working on signing a striker.  

Their striker situation has been much talked about this season, given the fact that Mourinho let Romelu Lukaku leave on loan to Everton, and his other three main strikers have combined to score only 15 goals in the Premier League, with Samuel Eto'o tops with eight. He is followed by Fernando Torres with four and Demba Ba, who has scored three.

While Eto'o has been in decent form, the last two games that he has not featured in were two losses, to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. It must also be noted that Chelsea failed to score on both occasions.

Eto'o is also 33 years old and only signed a one-year contract last summer. The Cameroon international is not expected to renew the deal given his age.

Lukaku himself has 13 goals this season, but Mourinho went on to say that the loan is working well for all three teams involved in the trade. 

Chelsea only have one player inside the top 10 on the Premier League's list of top scorers, and that is midfielder Eden Hazard, who has netted 14 times in what has turned into a breakout year for the star.

The Blues have been linked with Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid according to the Daily Express' Tony Banks, but there are several other players who could be available that might interest Chelsea, given their dire attacking options, including Mario Mandzukic, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez.

Despite this, Mourinho said that Torres did have a future at the club as his commitment to the cause is total, but he also went on to explain that Chelsea want more from the misfiring Spanish international.

Mourinho—who is well known for his candid, sometimes provocative comments about other players, teams and management—went on to comment about rivals Liverpool.

A dig, perhaps, given the fact that Liverpool did not qualify for the Champions League last year. 

Chelsea are currently sitting in a fragile position in both the Premier League and the Champions League. They trail Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in their Champions League quarter-final tie, and sit behind both Manchester City and Liverpool at the summit of the Premier League table. 

John Terry has experienced a resurgence at centre-back, with the arrival of Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, and the form of Eden Hazard et al has been magnificent, but the problem remains in Chelsea's striker position.

If they don't sort out their striker troubles, they might also have the "privilege" of playing only once a week soon too.

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