Chelsea should hijack €20m Fiorentina deal for former target

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Fiorentina are the strong favourites to sign Mario Gomez this summer; but with options running thin for Chelsea should they reignite their interest?

Chelsea completed their second piece of transfer business yesterday as Marco van Ginkel arrived from Vitesse Arnhem on a fee believed to be in the region of £9 million.

He follows Andre Schurrle into Stamford Bridge this summer and is not likely to be the last player coming through the door at the club.

Chelsea need a new second choice stopper with Jose Mourinho said to be keen on Norwich City keeper John Ruddy to play backup to Petr Cech.

But they are also said to be in the market for a new striker.

Mourinho described Fernando Torres as ‘so-so’ and he has a point; the Spaniard doesn’t look like he has 20 league goals in him anymore.

Demba Ba has also been disappointing since arriving from Newcastle United and there is even talk he could return to West Ham this summer.

So a striker certainly seems on the menu for Mourinho this summer; but his selection of main course is slowly but surely diminishing.

Yesterday David Moyes made it clear that Wayne Rooney would be going nowhere this summer; ending months of speculation over his future at Old Trafford.

On top of that Paris Saint-Germain have taken the lead in the pursuit of Edinson Cavani; as Chelsea shirked at a price-tag for once.

There is Robert Lewandowski; and with Borussia Dortmund recently signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan there is certainly more scope for that deal to go through.

However Dortmund remain adamant on their no sale policy and they will likely want to use the two new recruits around Lewandowski; rather than instead of him.

Other than that there is a fanciful rumour linking them with Luis Suarez; which seems ridiculous. Then there is of course Falcao; who they have already lost out on this summer.

So where do they go from here?

Personally I think they should hijack Fiorentina’s transfer dealings and bring in a player perpetually linked with Stamford Bridge for years.

Chelsea were linked with him when he was at Stuttgart in 2008 and after during his time at Bayern Munich.

Bayern admit the German international is for sale after he lost his place to Mario Mandzukic last campaign and is not in the plans of incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

And while he may not have been a regular last season this is still a man who scored an incredible 41 goals in 52 games the year before; and 39 in 45 the season before that.

He turns 28 on Wednesday and so far this summer has only been linked with a move to Fiorentina; rumoured to be at a price-tag of around €20 million.

And if Chelsea want a potent goal-scorer at a decent price they could do a lot worse in reigniting their interest in this forgotten goal-machine.

Do you think Chelsea should go for Gomez?

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