Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are fighting with PSG for the signature of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Cavani scored 38 goals in all competitions last season for Napoli, and his record of 104 goals in 138 games is staggeringly good. However, Napoli are so far refusing to budge on their release clause figure of €63 million Euro, the equivalent of almost £54 million pounds.
There is a reason why players like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are rightly considered Chelsea legends, and it’s not solely because of their performances on the pitch. During their time at the club, these players have always expressed their love for the club and their absolute desire to succeed and prosper at Chelsea. That kind of dedication means everything to the fans, and it often shows on the pitch. Players who are desperate to succeed become players that do succeed. That drive and determination turns players into winners, and it very much looks like in Romelu Lukaku, we have just that kind of player.
Amid reports suggesting that Barcelona may be interested in signing Fernando Torres, the Spaniard has come out to deny such a move would tempt him. Despite scoring 22 goals last season, Torres has failed to live up to his own world class standards set during his time at Liverpool. Many considered Torres to be one of, if not the best striker in the world during that time, but things haven’t gone as smoothly for Nando since his £50 million move to Chelsea. Demba Ba was brought in as competition this January, but he failed to cement a place and Torres since rediscovered some form.
It’s no secret that new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be given money to spend by Roman Abramovich, as the club looks to wrestle the Premier League back from the two Manchester clubs. Bayer Leverkusen have already admitted that they are in talks with Chelsea over the German attacker Andre Schurrle, and the Brazilian Hulk could be next.
News of that particular transfer should be forthcoming in the next 24 hours, but one potential transfer that not many people have been talking about is the possible signing of Brazilian striker and wonderfully named Hulk. The striker, 27 this summer, has revealed that Mourinho is definitely interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
It seems incredible, but it really appears that Radamel Falcao will snub Chelsea in favour of a team that has just been promoted to the top tier of French football. AS Monaco have been successful in the past, winning seven league titles and five French cups, but have had all sorts or problems and were relegated in 2011. They have a new owner in the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and are throwing his money around lavishly.
Chelsea to Revamp Forward Line This Summer
Chelsea have had a strange relationship with their strikers in the last few seasons. Last season Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka were dropped in favour of struggling Fernando Torres who is the only striker of the three still left at the club. Halfway through the season Nicolas Anelka was released and moved to China where he did not stay for long. Through the rest of the season Daniel Sturridge took Anelka’s place and Fernando Torres remained the front man until the knockout stages of the Champions League when he was dropped in favour of the big Ivorian Drogba.
It is fair to say that Chelsea have been missing Didier Drogba this season. Fernando Torres has been better for the Blues this year, scoring 15 goals in all competitions so far, and Demba Ba has added some physical presence up front since signing from Newcastle in January, but has only scored once in his six league games so far. There is a player on Chelsea’s books who has the strength and pace to replace Drogba, and he has scored 12 league goals this season. The problem is that 19-year old Romelu Lukaku has been scoring them for West Brom.
Romelu Lukaku arrived at Chelsea last summer with a big reputation as a prolific goalscorer with Anderlecht at just 18 years of age, but since his arrival for a massive £18 million he has languished in the reserves.
With Drogba, Torres, Anelka and Stuuridge at the club last season, Lukaku was hardly going to get many chances and really he should have been left with Anderlecht for another season or perhaps should have been sent out on loan to another Premier League club, like Sturridge had been during the previous season.
Roberto Di Matteo is confident that Chelsea will see much more from their Spanish international striker Fernando Torres this season. The Italian boss is still looking to add a t least one quality striker to the Chelsea squad, in order to push Torres and to provide cover during a long and arduous season.
Di Matteo had hoped that 19-year old Belgian international Romelu Lukaku was going to step up into the first team reckoning but, despite impressing in pre-season, it has been decided that the best interests of the club and the player would be served by a loan spell at another Premier league club. Lukaku needs to play regularly to gain sharpness and experience, and Chelsea know that they cannot promise him that.
Chelsea managed a draw against former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti and his Paris Saint-Germain team, but took until the 82nd minute before scoring the equalizer. It was 18-year old Brazilian Lucas Piazon, who replaced Romelu Lukaku for the last half hour, that scored with a good finish from a pass by his compatriot Ramires.
Lukaku had failed to continue his form from the first pre-season game, and it is reported that the Belgian striker will join Fulham on loan to get some playing time and Premier league experience. Chelsea really missed a cutting edge up front, with Daniel Sturridge in London with the British Olympic team and Fernando Torres due to rejoin Chelsea today.