The presence of an Inter Milan official at Stamford Bridge last night could be an indication of striker exits, with Romelu Lukaku likely to take advantage.
Inter Milan sent sporting director Piero Ausilio to Stamford Bridge last night, reportedly to watch Blues strikers Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o in action.
If that was the case, he wouldn’t have been very happy to see the Spaniard starting on the subs bench but it was Eto'o who impressed, scoring early, and even spoke after the game of welcoming a potential return to Inter.
All the talk this week has been about the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku, with a big money centre forward coming in and forcing the Belgian out.
Why on earth would Mourinho do that is the question that comes to mind. Maybe last night is an indication that he’s not even considering it, with clubs like Inter knowing there is a good likelihood of snaring one of the Blues current forwards away.
One of the ways Lukaku can come back into the squad and have an impact is if space is created by the departure of another player.
Torres or Eto'o leaving would allow Mourinho to give many supporters what they want, which is a run of games in Chelsea’s first team for a striker who has scored 27 Premier League goals over the last two seasons and counting.
The Spaniard has failed to get regular football under Jose Mourinho and Lukaku is breathing down his neck with far more effective performances for loan side Everton under the guidance of Roberto Martinez.
There have been many reports suggesting a £50 million deal for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and a £50-70 million deal for PSG’s Edinson Cavani when the Blues have a striker with more Premier League experience who they already own.
Add to the mix the fact Samuel Eto’o is only contracted to the club until the end of the season and Lukaku could find himself in the unique position of being Chelsea’s most valuable asset before a ball is kicked over the next campaign.
Chelsea can offer Lukaku everything he’s been asking for; regular football, Champions League football and a chance to improve himself as a player playing for Chelsea but it depends on space being created and the 20-year-old being given the chance to become the main man.