Chelsea join race for Stephan El Shaarawy, but is he the striker they need?

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Jose Mourinho has reportedly placed AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy on his wish list this summer as Chelsea look to add some firepower to their squad, but is the 20-year-old the kind of striker they should be signing this summer?

Despite a difficult second half of the season, very few would doubt the prodigious talent of Stephan El Shaarawy after a breakthrough year where he scored 16 times in Serie A for AC Milan, with 14 of those goals coming before Christmas.

Once Mario Balotelli joined Milan in January, the pressure on El Shaarawy’s shoulders dipped considerably, and perhaps burnt out after his blistering start to the season, the 20-year-old was quiet for both club and country in recent months.

However that has not reduced the interest in the striker, and with Milan suggesting they would be prepared to sell El Shaarawy if a significant bid came in this summer, plenty of teams are apparently considering a bid, with £30million the rumoured price-tag.

Chelsea are the latest side to be linked with El Shaarawy, with Jose Mourinho reportedly placing the striker on his list of targets this summer. The Blues are keen to revamp their strike force after Fernando Torres and Demba Ba both underwhelmed last season, but is El Shaarawy the right man for that job?

The 20-year-old is an accomplished finisher, but he is not ideally suited to playing at the central striker in Chelsea’s current system, where three attacking midfielders play behind a forward. El Shaarawy has generally played as a wide attacker on the left of Milan’s attack in his career so far, a position that Chelsea have plenty of cover for, having added Andre Schurrle to their squad already this summer.

El Shaarawy could be seen as the ideal man to link with their midfield in a highly fluid front four, but Chelsea would surely be better off targeting an out and out striker to lead their line. Edinson Cavani is the stand out choice, and if Chelsea can bring down Napoli’s demands a little then the Uruguayan is surely a better option than El Shaarawy this summer, despite the 20-year-old’s abundant talent.

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