Napoli, Porto, Athletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao strikers make up the list but who do you think should head to Stamford Bridge?
After the acquisitions of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and now Brazilian youngster Oscar, Chelsea are seemingly pushing for success on all fronts this season.
With only Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge as recognised strikers for the upcoming season, with a Champions League and FA Cup to defend, surely another marksman will be heading to Stamford Bridge.
Here's a look at four it could be...
If Chelsea are going to buy a striker they are going to have to be world class and Cavani is certainly showing that he is just that.
The Uruguayan frontman is a natural goalscorer and has been instrumental in Napoli’s resurgence to the top of Italian football. Napoli seem insistent on keeping him after losing fellow talisman Ezequiel Lavezzi to big spending Paris Saint Germain this summer.
However the emergence of youngster Lorenzo Insigne on loan at Serie B champions Pescara last season and the possibility of signing a replacement with the vast sums of money made on any sale Cavani could still find himself staying in London a little longer after the Olympics are over.
The Basque’s lifetime affiliation with Athletic Bilbao seems to be drawing to an end after he rejected an offer of a new contract at San Mames this summer.
At 27 he is in his prime and has impressed against English opposition, scoring in both legs as Bilbao outclassed Manchester United in the Europa League in March. His 6ft 5inch frame make him ideal for the physicality of the Premier League but he is also adept on the ground with a typically Spanish control of the ball.
Struggling with a hamstring injury this summer doesn’t hide the fact that Falcao is possibly the most potent out an out striker in world football at the moment.
With an extraordinary burst of speed and powerful strike with both feet the Colombian reminds me of Gabriel Batistuta in the way he plays. If Chelsea are after an undoubted and unflinching goalscorer then the Atletico Madrid man could be just that and with 157 goals in 257 career club matches you can see why. Madrid are reluctant to sell but Chelsea may be able to tempt him away at the right price.
Although to me he seemed more like ‘Bulk’ then ‘Hulk’ during Brazil’s Olympic warm-up against Team GB recently there’s no doubt the Porto man has attracted interest from England this summer.
Adept in a 4-3-3 formation and with a monstrous left foot the chunky 26 year old has a brilliant goalscoring record firstly in Japan and then in Portugal under former Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas, and although this deal seemed more likely with AVB at the Chelsea helm, Di Matteo might want to take advantage of that previous interest.
Any deal will have to hinge on Porto lowering their £38 million price tag for him, or Chelsea meeting it.
Who do you think Chelsea should bring in?
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