Breaking down Chelsea's transfer options at striker

By Frank Gorman
Last updated : 23 June 2013

Regardless of what you think of the duo of Torres and Ba, it seems clear that the Blues are looking to add some additional firepower up front during the summer transfer window. A couple of big names are being bandied about for a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

Edison CavaniSpeculation remains rampant about Cavani’s future at Napoli. Recently, new Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has been optimistic about retaining the Uruguayan’s services. ButCavani himself has come out and said it would be hard to turn down a call from Mourinho’sChelsea. Unfortunately for Blues fans excited by this revelation, he recently expressed similar sentiments about a potential move to Madrid. Other top clubs are reportedly interested, but it seems likely that it will come down to one of these two sides.

Hulk: The Brazilian is reportedly unhappy at Zenit St. Petersburg, and after being linked to the Blues last summer, talks appear to have resumed in regards to a possible move. Rumor is that the London side has already tabled a £35 million offer. However, a move of any kind seems like a difficult proposition, as Zenit are reportedly looking to recoup the entirety of the £50 million investment they made last summer. The price tag could simply end up being too much of a hurdle.

Edin Dzeko: Originally tapped to be Mourinho’s first signing, speculation about a possible move to Stamford Bridge has cooled. It appears Napoli may have tapped him as a potential replacement should Cavani leave.

Wayne Rooney: Debate persists about how likely Rooney is to move, but talks seem to indicate he prefers playing for Mourinho over David Moyes. United are trying to retain the striker’s services, but it would appear he is looking to make a switch. If the rumors of a Lewandowski move to the Red Devils persist, we could see a steep uptick in speculation over Rooney’s future at Old Trafford.

Stand Pat: The Blues maintain ownership over the trio of Lukaku, Torres and Ba moving forward. Ba failed to seize the opportunity presented to him when he came over from Newcastle last winter. Lukaku was impressive on his loan spell to West Brom, but his lack of experience isworrisome, especially if Torres and Ba struggle and primary goal scoring duties fall squarely on his shoulders. Torres saw a definitive improvement in form last season, but still struggled to score in Premier League fixtures. If any of the above names or otherwise complete a move to the Bridge, expect Torres to be on his way out.

Prediction: There is almost no chance the Blues cast their lot with their existing crew of strikers, as the side is going to look to make a splash to herald in Mourinho’s return. If I had to place my money on a name, I’d bet we see Hulk in a blue shirt come August. Cavani is likely to induce a bidding war, and United and City will be reluctant to see their respective options remain in the Premier League.

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