Chelsea are widely expected to be one of the busiest English clubs in this summer’s transfer market, with Jose Mourinho’s men keen to bolster their squad after a trophyless season.
Although a move for Diego Costa is said to be nearing, another Spanish forward has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in recent days.
The Daily Star has stated that the west London side are willing to splurge £26 million on Napoli attacker Jose Callejon.
The Spaniard played under Mourinho at Real Madrid before moving to Naples last summer; he has had a good season for Rafa Benitez’s men and played a key role in their Champions League qualification.
Callejon has played as a central striker in the past, but is most commonly used as a winger in Italy.
Looking at the Blues’ existing options in these positions, would Callejon be a clever addition?
It is important to state that there are certainly other areas of the Chelsea squad that need to be strengthened – attacking midfield is arguably the one position that the club do not need to sign new players in.
With Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah all competing for a place on the flanks, and Lucas Piazon returning, Mourinho has plenty of options.
Despite this, the 27-year-old would bring a unique skillset to Chelsea. His versatility will be a real draw card, while his pace and movement off the ball certainly suit the Blues’ style of attacking play.
Callejon also has a real eye for goal, netting 16 times from midfield this season for Napoli and this would certainly be a key benefit for the west Londoners next term.
There is no doubt that Callejon has all the trademarks of an excellent signing, but his addition would certainly limit the chances for the likes of Schurrle and Salah to play.
For Mourinho if Callejon or another wide attacking midfielder is to join the club this off-season, it will be an issue of managing four to five players that are competing for only two places.