Would the signing of Mario Mandzukic solve Chelsea's striker problems?

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Chelsea are reportedly in the lead to sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal.

It is no secret that Jose Mourinho is looking to bring in at least one striker in the summer. Whilst they are still very much in the hunt for the Premier League and the Champions League, Chelsea have been let down by the inconsistent form of their strikers.

In fact their most prolific striker this season hasn't even been at the club, but Romelu Lukaku could be set to leave Stamford Bridge permanently in the summer. Everton are keen to keep him on at Goodison Park whilst Tottenham Hotspur have also emerged as contenders to sign the Belgian international.

The Daily Mail have reported that Chelsea will look to Mario Mandzukic to solve their striking problems. Bayern Munich are willing to let the Croatian leave this summer as they are set to welcome Robert Lewandowski from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. Mario could be available for £20 million this summer and his agent was recently in London and apparently met up with Chelsea representatives.

Whilst Mandzukic has a very impressive goalscoring record, he doesn't quite have the same 'wow factor' as Diego Costa, Falcao, or Edinson Cavani. These strikers would cost close to the £50 million mark however and the last time Chelsea forked out that much for a striker it didn't exactly work out. Fernando Torres has scored seven goals in all competitions this season and has never scored consistently in the league during his spell with the club.

Mandzukic is reportedly unhappy at the announcement of the signing of Lewandowski earlier in the season, and this has been compounded by the fact Pep Guardiola has often chosen to play without an out-and-out striker on the pitch. From his 23 starts this season Mario has scored 19 goals, and has never really had a sticky spell in his time at Bayern Munich.

Perhaps the Bundesliga isn't of the same standard as the Premier League and Mandzukic has been helped by the class in his team. Chances come more frequently when you have players like Arjen Robben and Franck Robery laying them on for you. However he would also have able support at Chelsea and with 45 goals in his two seasons at Bayern he boasts a great record.

At 27-years-old Mandzukic still has a number of years left in him, and £20m in this era for a proven striker isn't a bad deal. It would also leave cash in the kitty for Mourinho to strengthen further. Torres should still be there next season whilst Samuel Eto'o can't be relied on all the time. Demba Ba wants more first-team football and will get that elsewhere but they should seriously think about whether it would be wise to sell Lukaku, especially to a rival.

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