In Diego Costa, Chelsea fans could finally say they have found a perfect replacement for Didier Drogba, someone who is capable of scoring goals. But something they would be worried about is his injury worries, Costa has had a niggling hamstring injury for over a year, since his Atletico Madrid days. But if the Blues are to continue to challenge for major trophies, Diego Costa would need someone to share the goal scoring burden with.
Here are five capable strikers Chelsea could look to help reduce the pressure on Diego Costa.
1. Edison Cavani
According to reports, the Uruguayan striker is not happy at PSG. This is largely due to the fact that he has been forced to play on the wing as impregnable Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to enjoy manager Laurent Blanc’s support as first choice upfront. Despite playing on the wings, the striker has managed to impress. Should he move to Chelsea, his work-rate and ability to hassle and chase the ball will be greatly beneficial to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
2. Jackson Martinez
Another striker Chelsea could sign in the summer as back up or competition for Diego Costa is FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez. The player has been constantly linked to a move away from Estádio do Dragão and it will not surprise anyone if the player moves away in the summer and it could well be a move to Chelsea especially if you consider the fact that Jose Mourinho is no stranger to Porto.
3. Paulo Dybala
Dybala has been this season’s Italian Serie A surprise package. The highly rated Argentine has constantly been rumoured to be on his way to the premier league ever since club president Mauricio Zamparini confirmed his club will critically consider selling the player in the summer should the right offers arrive for him. The highly rated Argentine who has been tagged the “new Messi” in some quarters has so far scored 12 goals and Assisted his team mates to score a total of seven goals. It is believed a bid in the region of £35m will convince Mauricio Zamparini to let the player go. Although Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG are all said to be interested in signing the player, considering the amount of money Abramovich has to spend and how quick they go about their transfer dealings, Chelsea has a good chance of getting the player ahead of the chasing pack.
4. Mauro Icardi
Icardi has been linked to both Arsenal and Manchester United. He has been one of Serie A’s best players so far this season. He has at as the time of writing this article scored 16 goals for Inter Milan. At the young age of 22 years, he is surely one of European’s brightest youngsters. According to reports, Chelsea are interested in the Argentine and could get him for £22m.