Chelsea could do a lot worse than going after Swansea’s main man this winter.
Chelsea have a fantastic squad of players but one of the only areas for concern is the attack, with questions currently hanging over the strikers at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s very public pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney made it very clear he didn’t have a lot of confidence in Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, with Samuel Eto’o drafted in near the close of the transfer window when it became obvious a late deal for Rooney wouldn’t be possible.
Chelsea still have a great chance of being successful on more than one front this season but their chances will be substantially enhanced if they can find a centre forward from somewhere who can score a high volume of goals.
In terms of centre forwards around in the Premier League, there aren’t too many readily available of the quality that would see them make a difference in West London wearing a Chelsea shirt.
One option is Michu, a player that would cost Chelsea around £30 million but a player who could make a difference as an alternative to options like Rooney, Luis Suarez and Eto’o in the current squad.
Michu had a great first season in English football, scoring 18 goals in the Premier League and 22 in total across all competitions.
He’s playing in a slightly different system with Swansea this season but has maintained his momentum, getting off to a decent start with three goals in all competitions so far.
So it’s clear he’s used to English football, the physical side of Premier League football and he’s finding ways to score goals alongside another forward this season whereas he was predominantly by himself last season.
The fact he was so successful as the sole striker in Swansea’s team makes him a good target for Chelsea because that’s how Mourinho sets up his attack in the majority of games.
His height gives him a presence in attack, which Chelsea have been missing ever since Didier Drogba left the club and he'd surely be tempted by the regular prospect of silverware as well as Champions League football for the majority of his career.
Michu is never going to be the brutal and bullish player that Drogba always was during his time at the Bridge, but he can definitely do a job whether he’s holding the ball up or working with Chelsea’s creative midfield players.
When Michu was in fine form last season, there was a lot of talk that he could have been a winter target for Liverpool. However, Swansea quickly reacted with a massive fee that seemingly priced Liverpool out of the equation.
That’s not a problem for Chelsea. If Mourinho stresses to Roman Abramovich that he really wants a player, then Chelsea have the resources to be able to fund the move and it could pay off for them big time.
What do you think? Is Michu a realistic target? Should Chelsea be looking at someone else?
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