As Jose Mourinho's men struggle to catch Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, it's the mouth-watering Paris Saint-Germain duo of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi who are forcing Blues fans into dreaming of a prosperous future.
As reported by Martin Lipton of the Mirror, both players are said to be longing for a move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea inflicted the French giants with a late Champions League quarter-final loss in West London's second leg: "Paris Saint-Germain's South American strike duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi put Chelsea on high alert last night after telling friends they BOTH want to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer," writes Lipton. "The Paris Saint-Germain strikers would cost Jose Mourinho £80 million."
It is perhaps gut-wrenching to consider where Chelsea would be right now if the aforementioned players arrived last summer. Mourinho has constantly bemoaned his lack of a "real striker" this season, reported by BBC Sport, while Cavani is thought to be unhappy with being farmed out wide in Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG's mega-rich president, has insisted the player's potential unhappiness won't force him into selling, reported by RMC, via Ian Holyman of ESPN FC:
If he wants to change position, that's not his decision, it's that of the coach and he understands that. He's here to play where the coach decides to put him.
He can talk with the staff and the club, but the decision will be that he stays with us. He's a star for the club. Of course he's staying.
While Lipton believes the duo can be snapped up for a total of £80 million, former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys suggests on his blog that this sum would only be enough to land Cavani. The Uruguayan would immediately fit in at Chelsea and naturally exerts the ceaseless work ethic Mourinho continues to drill into his players.
As highlighted by the Portuguese manager's summer pursuit of Wayne Rooney, Mourinho is looking for a forward who can fulfil multiple duties. Cavani is the type of player who tracks back, wins possession in the opposition's half and is dominant in the air. He can hold the ball up while waiting for support, a truly exciting prospect if you consider Eden Hazard and Lavezzi bombing into space beyond his position.
Lavezzi isn't such a hard worker but possesses the physicality to excel in England. The speedy Argentinian is powerful when running with the ball and would give Chelsea's wide support a stockier feel than when Willian or Andre Schurrle plays from the flank.
He is also a decent goalscorer, having notched nine across a combined total of 37 Ligue 1 and Champions League games this season, per WhoScored.com. Cavani has 19 in two appearances less, but his scoring ability is limited when he's forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a lone spot in the centre.
Chelsea have failed to score in seven Premier League games this season, compared to Manchester City drawing blanks in four matches and Liverpool just twice. The title could be lost on the back of 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, where extra firepower was needed to secure at least a point.
Currently two points behind Liverpool with a trip to Anfield on the horizon, this consistent inability to score may define Chelsea's entire season. Both Cavani and Lavezzi could have aided a goal difference that currently sits nine behind the league leaders and 12 behind City.
Such small margins are destined to determine where the Premier League trophy resides for the coming year. Chelsea are sure to be continuously linked with world-class players during the summer, but a quick glance across the Channel is all Mourinho needs to add a powerful spring into the step of his "little horse."
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