After the shocking manner in which his team lost to relegation threatened Crystal Palace last Saturday, Jose Mourinho is already looking towards bringing in a striker in the summer. The Portuguese, who on many occasions in the past expressed his disappointment about the way his strikers play now feels the time is right to sell all his current forwards including Samuel Eto’o who signed up last summer, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
“I don’t think it’s the moment to speak about next season and the market, but it’s clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring a striker. That is clear. It’s also clear we want to improve our players. What’s the future for the [current Chelsea] strikers? The ones that are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing,” Mourinho was quoted as saying.
One begins to wonder what a player like Lukaku needs to do to earn a shirt in the first team and not continue to go on loan. The player, who was sent out on a season long loan to Everton has continued from where he stopped when he also went out on loan last season to West Brom.
Some of the players that have been linked to the club in recent times include Diego Costa or Atletico Madrid, and Monaco’s Falcao among others. Only last week, Goal reported that Chelsea was already ahead of other clubs in race to sign Costa; and one may not know for sure how true this report is; but the player sure has all the qualities to hold his own in Chelsea’s current set up.
Arsenal have also been reported to be in the hunt for Costa, but it does seem that Chelsea now has the better chance considering the spending power of the club. Wenger, as you all know is not a manager who likes to lose the string of his purse and shell out heavily on players he considers not worth more than what clubs like Chelsea would love to pay.
One only hopes the club is able to conclude its signings as early as possible this summer, considering how much time was lost to the pursuit of Rooney last window.