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Chelsea: 4 Possible Strikers Who Can Play Along With Diego Costa

Chelsea have enough talent in their team to play two equally strong XIs at the same time and win games. The only place where Chelsea have looked shaky is the position of the lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation they play. True, options such as Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba with Eden Hazard and Andre Schürrle also capable of playing, look ominous, there has been trouble brewing in paradise for quite some time.

Diego Costa was their most important buy this season, as Chelsea’s striker woes put paid to their hopes of winning any competition last season. Last season, none of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba or Samuel Eto’o were consistent enough to merit a continuous run in the first XI, as Jose Mourinho was forced to play Eden Hazard in the first XI at times. Romelu Lukaku, the much-maligned striker who has moved permanently to Everton after last season’s successful display, where he scored more goals than Chelsea’s misfiring triumvariate of strikers. This year, Diego Costa has been added and Didier Drogba has been added back, while Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku have departed, which has brought about an instant turnaround, as Costa has got off to a flying start in which he has scored two in two. Torres almost looks like he could move on too, after a horror time while playing for Chelsea. If Torres leaves, Chelsea need to line up a replacement for him, and three possible choices who could be good options would be:

1. Mattia Destro: The young Italian has been linked with Chelsea for some time now, and he could be a good backup option to Costa. He was prolific at Roma – scoring 13 league goals, and was one of the reasons why Roma finished second behind Juventus. However, he could find it difficult to adjust to the Premier League, and he will have to be happy with a tiny role this season. He could be nurtured into Jose’s system, so as to create maximum impact in minimum game-time. However, in recent times, young players such as Romelu Lukaku and Daniel Sturridge have left Chelsea at their displeasure on not getting the game-time they felt they deserved. Chelsea will need to keep Destro content, and he will repay them with goals.

2. Wilfried Bony: Raw power, pace and good heading ability – Chelsea have pined for a striker with these abilities, to succeed Drogba’s legacy at the club. Romelu Lukaku was chewed up and spit out in this manic rush, as he fell prey to distractions which were bound to strike a young teenage player, instead of maturing up to the club’s expectations. Wilfried had a successful first season at Swansea in the Premier League, and would be able to make the move to Chelsea a success. However, Chelsea have had poor luck in acquiring experienced attacking talent in recent times, and Bony would find it hard to adjust to a substitute role while at the peak of his career after being a first-team player at Swansea last season. This could end up being the most astute buy, if the price is right.

3. Jackson Martinez: Another player whose name has emerged in the running to be Chelsea’s second-striker is Jackson Martinez. The Porto-alpha striker has delivered consistently for his club over the past two seasons and his stock has been on the rise. Good performances in the World Cup for Colombia have added a bargaining chip to Porto, who are set to play hardball with clubs making a move for their star. Good as a left-winger or through the centre, an out-and-out goalscorer, with a powerful presence while on the pitch, he will prove to be a good option for Chelsea.

4. Loic Remy: He has made the Premier League a platform on which he delivers consistently. Both the clubs for which he has played – QPR and Newcastle – had floundered before his arrival shook things up and propelled them towards progress. A hard worker and a one-man-army who is capable of delivering magic moments to win games on his own; he could be snapped up by Jose Mourinho. Also, a price of around 8m would be a steal for a player like him, who would definitely be a step-up on Demba Ba. A problem with his medical was a deal-breaker for his much-expected move to Liverpool earlier, but if there are no problems with his Chelsea medical, expect him to make the switch from the Hoops to the Blues before the month is done.

Another reason why Chelsea have to make a move for a striker this season itself, is that Didier Drogba cannot be expected to continue his playing role all the way into the season after this season. A replacement needs to settle into the rigours of the Premier League over a season, so that he can play a bigger role in the next season. Diego Costa is also not used to playing a continuous season which extends through the Christmas season without a break. Fatigue sets in at that time, and an option who can play the entire 90 minutes of a game is a necessity, at this point in time.

Report: Chelsea set to confirm player transfer

If reports from the Daily Mail is set to be believed then Fernando Torres’ career in the Premier League is set to be over. The story claims that the 30 year old Spaniard is all set to join Italian Giants AC Milan on loan as he tumultuous career at Chelsea is finally drawing to a close. The former Liverpool player has two years left on his Chelsea contract which is worth £9m a year but Milan have offered him a package of £7m. Manager Jose Mourinho also doesn’t have Torres in his plans and the London club will finally have to part ways with the player who cost them £50m in January 2012.

Italian website Gazzetta Dello Sport have also reported that Milan CEO Adriano Galliani also personally made a phone call yesterday to Torres to persuade him to sign on the dotted lines at the Rossoneri. The San Siro outfit have also identified Torres as the perfect replacement for Mario Balotelli, the controversial Italian genius who joined Liverpool last week.

Torres has also fallen down the pecking order with Diego Costa now being the first choice striker. Moreover Didier Drogba has also been Mourinho’s favourite go to player which means Torres would have to spend time on the sidelines should he stay with Chelsea. It is also believed that Mourinho wants to bring Roma striker Mattia Destro to bolster his attacking options as he aims to challenge for the Premier League title.

Moreover Tutto Mercato Web also reported that Torres’ agent was also in Italy ahead of the proposed move. Milan News also confirmed it with the player’s agent reacting positively with talks saying, “The meeting went well. Torres to Milan is a real possibility. We will take some time to reflect before giving an answer. I cannot add anything more. Milan are a great club.”

Report: Chelsea In Advance Talks To Sign £20m Rated Forward

Reports from Italian media outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in the search of a quality striker and is believed to be ready to swoop fro Roma forward Mattia Destro. The reports states that Chelsea are willing to splash €25m for the Italian despite AC Milan’s strong interest in the player. It is believed that the Rossoneri want to take the 23 year old as a direct replacement for Mario Balotelli, the controversial genius who joined Liverpool yesterday.

Destro’s agent Claudio Vigorelli also failed to deny the speculations around his client and might leave Italy in the summer with a lot of clubs interested and especially Jose Mourinho being a keen admirer. Vigorelli was quoted by English tabloid METRO claiming: “I cannot deny he is at the centre of some important situations that could develop. More Milan or Chelsea? The market is unpredictable. These are two interested clubs. Jose Mourinho admires him, while Milan could make some important steps forward very soon.”

Destro scored an impressive 13 league goals despite starting only 14 times under Rudi Garcia last season as Roma finished second in the Serie A standings, as runners up to eventual Champions Juventus. though the capital club would want to keep hold of their player and would realistically like to challenge the Bianconeri for the Scudetto apart from their Champions League commitments.

Chelsea’s need for strikers are well documented as the Blues only have Spanish star Diego Costa in their ranks who arrived from La Liga winners Atletico Madrid in the summer. Despite Didier Drogba’s return, the Ivorian legend isn’t expected to start games given his age. Moreover with Fernando Torres’ poor form and with domestic cup competitions, Champions League and the Premier League to feature in, the Blues will require enough squad depth to challenge on all frontiers.

The report from METRO also mentions  that a swap deal involving Torres was perceived last week but Mourinho ruled out Torres’ move away from the club saying he believes that the former Liverpool striker will be back to his best and will score goals. However, that could change if a bid for Destro is accepted.

Transfer Blow: €55m Chelsea and Liverpol target wants to stay at club

Radamel Falcao is back! After the Colombian scored the winner for Monaco last night against Nantes, the nouveau riche French side got their first win of the season after two successive defeates on the trot. The sensational striker who has been linked with a move away from France claimed that he is happy to stay at the club and pursue to pursue his career at Monaco for the next season.

Trusted and reliable Italian website Gianluca Di Marzio reportedly quoted the player saying, “Today’s victory was an important one, especially since we were playing an excellent team like Nantes. The future? I hope to stay, I’m happy here.”

Falcao has been eternally linked with Chelsea over the past few season while Liverpool were also interested in the player but the Reds eventually moved for Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. Earlier it was expected that Falcao could pursue his career in the Premier League with Brendan Rodgers likely to press ahead with a loan deal to bring the 29 year old to Anfield.

Chelsea were earlier interested in the sensational striker but now that they have signed Diego Costa to strengthen their attacking department, the Blues’ interest has died down with Mourinho now also bringing back Diier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge

Serie A Champions Juventus  were also looking to bring the former Atletico Madrid player player after Fernando Llorente had failed to make an impact for the Bianconeri since his arrival from Basque based club Atletic Bilbao. With however Carlos Tevez already in the ranks, the old Lady want to retain their Serie A crown.

The €55m rated player  had his heart set for Real Madrid but the Galacticos weren’t inclined to bring the player after spending a massive fortune this summer. This comes despite Madrid having significant interest in the player with French media outlet Le Equipe reporting that Falcao was close to reach an agreement with Monaco and join Real.

 

Manchester United have agreement to sign £30m Chelsea target

After a shocking start to their 2014-15 Premier League Campaign with a 1-2 reversal at the hands of Welsh side Swansea, Louis Van Gaal quickly admitted that the Red Devils certainly need defenders before the transfer window slams shut.

According to reports in Italian media outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, its is believed that United have submitted a concrete offer to Roma for 27 year old defender Mehdi Benatia. The Moroccan is yet to have his future  sorted at the Giallorossi and most likely it is assumed that his future is set to be away from the Italian capital. Roma though have made it sure to any potential suitors that they will not accept any figures below €35m (£30m) for the player. 

Roma Chief Walter Sabatini had flown to London as Chelsea look to sign the player but now that Jose Mourinho has had a change of heart even major British tabloids are reporting that Benatian could now instead head away to Old Trafford. With Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra all leaving the club at the end of the 2013-14 season, United are now in dire need of central defender who can take up the mettle to lead the back line.

As the game agaianst Swansea showed, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett are all inexperienced to lead the back line against a tough and an organized opposition.  Moreover Italian website Tutto Mercato Web has stressed that United might acquire Benatia within the next few hours. However it can be expected that Roma will have to sign a perfect replacement. Earlier Barcelona, Bayern Munich and even Manchester City were also interested in the player but the clubs pulled out due to slow negotiations. Bayern’s bid however was also rejected by Roma earlier in the transfer window.

It will be surprising should Benatia sign on the dotted lines of the proposed Manchester United contract as he had earlier said that he wants to pursue his career in the highest echelons of European football, but United will not be able to provide Champions League football at least for this season.

Premier League Pacey XI – Featuring Speed Merchants From Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool And Tottenham

Premier League Pacey XI

Speed is something which is very important and useful in football. Premier League teams often love playing fast and physical where players who are slow to react and run are often caught struggling.

Here is the team of the most mobile players in the league.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

Courtois is young and agile. He can make amazing reflex saves as well as charge down the striker with brute force in one on one situations. He is among the most mobile goalkeepers around.

Right Back: Kyle Walker (Spurs)

The Spurs Right Back is an absolute mix of pace and power. Still young and one of England’s most important players, Walker can attack and defend with ease as he has a lot of pace to carry out the full back role.

Centre Back: Eliaquim Mangala (Man City)

Mangala is Man City’s new man and among the faster center backs in the world. Capable of playing his usual centre back role or as a left back, Mangala fits in both the positions with ease as he has pace in abundance.

Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Arsenal’s key player and the one of the best centre backs of the league is a very quick and mobile center back. He loves the ball at his feet and he’s also able to track his opponents and block the path.

Left Back: Alberto Moreno (Liverpool)

Liverpool’s new signing, left back Moreno is lighting quick. He is a true speedster with great athleticism to carry out the offensive as well as defensive duties of a full back. He seems to have the pace to fit in perfectly in the Premier League.

Central Midfield: Ramires (Chelsea)

Work rate and burst of pace are two aspects that makes Ramires a useful player in the heart of midfield. Though his technique is suspect, his energetic closing down of opponents makes him a versatile defensive or box to box player.

Central Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

The Man City midfielder mostly did the defensive job while his partner Touré wrecked havoc. But the Brazilian is fast, agile and has quick feet to make tackles or dribbles. He had a disappointing world cup but he should be back in form for his club.

Attacking Midfield: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

The Arsenal winger has based his whole game on the supernatural speed he has. He likes making runs in behind the defense and generally he is so fast that he can offer the defensive line quite a few yards, hereby avoiding the offside trap.

Attacking Midfield: Mohamed Salah (Chelsea)

The Egyptian is the fastest player in Chelsea. He is similar to Walcott in making runs but he also likes dribbling and cutting in. He has a lot to improve but his pace is something that is a huge asset to the team especially in the dying moments of the game.

Attacking Midfield: Aaron Lennon (Spurs)

The Spurs winger is obviously their fastest player. Lennon is technically decent and with electric pace, he can easily stretch the opposition defences and offer natural width and wingplay for his team.

Forward: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Sanchez is more of a supporting striker but would mostly be playing wide left. He is fast, technical and clinical and the Gunners would be hoping for a bright show from their new recruit.

Done Deal: Chelsea Confirm Latest Midfield Transfer

Chelsea have confirmed that Ghana winger Christian Atsu has completed his season long loan move to Everton.  The Stamford Bridge outfit had earlier signed Atsu summer from Portuguese Ginats Porto but the player spent the last season on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.

Everton have already signed Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a £28m deal after his successful loan spell last season and Atsu, who had an impressive World Cup campaign in Brazil will significantly boost the Goodison Park outfit’s surge for a top four finish this season after they narrowly missed out last term in Roberto Martinez’s first season in charge.

Atsu is the Toffees’ fourth signing of the summer after Lukaku, Brendan Galloway, Muhamed Besic, and Gareth Barry all signed for the Merseyside club this summer.  The player would most likely make his debut against newly promoted Leicester on Saturday. The youngster would like to have valuable experience with significant game time available to him now, rather is he stayed at Chelsea, he would have to endure frustrating spells on the sidelines under Jose Mourinho

Atsu is a technically gifted winger with raw pace and his ability to skip past defenders at will will hold him under good spirits and he is most likely to flourish in Martinez’s tactical pedigree at Goodison Park.

Martinez seemed delighted of his newest acquistion speaking highly about the youngster, “He’s a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He’s a very gifted technical footballer and he’s got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital”

Everton are also featuring in the Europa League this season which would take toll on their squad, hence the manager is focused to improve his squad depth, “For Christian, at 22, to already have played in a World Cup, to have been able to adapt into Portuguese football and into the league in Holland is a really good accumulation of experiences that will be very beneficial, especially with us playing in the Europa League this season.”

It would be interesting to see, should Atsu impress at Everton, would he join the Toffees on a permanent deal like Lukaku has done this season? The abundance of quality of Chelsea is certainly for now, Everton’s gain

3 Reasons Why Chelsea Should Forget About £32m Costa And Concentrate On Lukaku

 

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With news coming in that Chelsea have agreed a £32 million deal with Atletico Madrid for the services of Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku must be left wondering what he has to do to get in the squad. The Belgian international has spent the last two seasons on loan, so here are three reasons why I think Chelsea should forget about the former and concentrate on the latter.

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1) Price

The £32m price tag that has apparently been agree for the Brazil-born Spain international is a lot of money, although you could argue that for the player they would be getting for that it is cheap.

However, if they forgot about Costa and concentrated on Lukaku, they would save that money for other areas of the pitch, or even for a backup forward or two.

2) Premier League experience

Both Costa and Lukaku have had two impressive seasons to date, but Costa’s has been in the slower-paced La Liga, while Lukaku already has two successful seasons in the Premier League. We have seen numerous foreigners coming over to the English top tier and struggle to repay the transfer fee paid for them, and although Costa is top class, there is still a chance of that happening.

Lukaku scored 17 league goals for West Brom last season, and then 16 with Everton in the season just gone.

To put that into perspective – Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o managed just 19 league goals between the three of this season.

3) Age

Diego Costa is 26 this year whereas Lukaku turns 21 today. That five year gap will provide a lot of goals, and I think that they should be concentrating of the younger of the two.