According to the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait until after the World Cup to choose his second striker at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.
After the Blues finished the season trophy-less and in third place in the league, behind Manchester City and Liverpool, the Portuguese head coach has identified the club’s front line as his weakest area and he is keen to add at least a couple of strikers to his squad.
Chelsea have already agreed a £35million deal for Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa, says the report, but the Special One has yet to decide whether to bring Romelu Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at Everton, back into the first team.
Assuming Mourinho decides to disregard the Belgian, here’s three players who could potentially partner Costa next season.
Wilfried Bony – Swansea City
Wilfried Bony has made no secret of his desire to be playing Champions League football next season and admits a move to Chelsea would be a ‘dream’. The Ivorian, who is set to team up with former Blue Didier Drogba in Brazil, scored 25 goals during his debut campaign in England.
Swansea have recently agreed a £6.5m fee with FC Twente for striker Luc Castaignos, generating rumours that Bony could leave in the current window. He is valued at around £20m by the South Wales club.
Mario Balotelli – AC Milan
Chelsea could move for AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli with the Italian striker set to be sacrificed as the club look to revamp their squad throughout the summer.
The Blues have all been linked with a move to bring the temperamental striker back to England, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal also thought to harbour an interest in the 23-year-old.
For £30 million, the unpredictable 23-year-old could make his return to the English top flight.
Jackson Martinez – FC Porto
Porto goal machine Jackson Martinez has remained a long-term target of Chelsea’s for many months now. The Colombian striker netted an impressive 20 times in just 29 matches for the Portuguese outfit this season.
The 27-year-old is currently valued at around £15 million, but his price could increase if he is given the chance to shine amongst a star-studded national side in Brazil.
Who would be the ideal second-striker for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea?