José Mourinho is in the market for another quality striker this summer, this time he is being linked to 25 year-old, Charlie Austin. The 25 year-old English International has scored 17 goals for Queens Park Rangers this season, which ranks him fourth in the Premier League. Austin is seen by Chelsea supporters to be the long-term replacement of current Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba. Drogba continues to disappoint this season, with another poor performance at the Emirates this weekend. Drogba’s struggles could be one of the main reasons Chelsea go out to purchase another striker this summer, and Mourinho would certainly love to have one as prolific as Charlie Austin.
Chelsea have been linked to multiple strikers for this summer transfer window, including Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, and Douglas Costa despite owning the Championship Player of the Year in 21 year-old striker, Patrick Bamford. Chelsea also has teenage wonder-boys, Dom Solanke and Izzy Brown if they wanted to promote from within. But with the reports that have been made, Chelsea is certainly looking to purchase another striker for next season, whether or not Didier Drogba stays or goes.
As nice as it would be to have Charlie Austin as a third choice striker, it is unnecessary when there are more important roles to be filled. Charlie Austin would cost Chelsea about £6.5million, and it would bring a bitter taste to QPR fans, for Chelsea snatched their star striker last summer in Loïc Rémy on Deadline Day. Mourinho does not seem to be too fond of the French striker, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was sold this summer. If Rémy was in fact sold, I would suspect Mourinho to go after Charlie Austin to play behind Diego Costa next season.
If Chelsea is going to sign another striker this summer, there best bet would be to go for Austin over the likes of Dybala, Icardi and Douglas Costa. Dybala has a price tag upwards of £30million. Austin would go for only one fifth that price, and Chelsea would benefit more from Austin. Icardi would be just a bit more expensive then Austin, with rumors around £10million, but the adjustment to the Premier League can be hard sometimes for young strikers.
Expect another interesting striker from the Blues boss, José Mourinho.