Chelsea are going to try for a quartet of top strikers.
Chelsea aren’t happy with Diego Costa’s form and are considering making a move for another striker in January, per The Mail. The Blues had planned on waiting until the summer to address their striker issues, but Costa’s failure to turn things around have them debating an earlier foray into the transfer market. Harry Kane and Antoine Griezmann would be their top targets, while Jamie Vardy and Saido Berahino could make sense as quick improvements.
Trying to nab a top tier striker in January will be nearly impossible. Tottenham won’t sell Kane so he’s out, while Atletico Madrid would demand a ransom for Griezmann, who isn’t even the type of striker the Blues need. That the Blues have to dip into the transfer market in January is problematic and not conducive to building a good squad at good value long-term. But if they need to add someone, Vardy and Berahino could be had with a big bid because both only have 18 months left on their contracts.
Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich wants Chelsea to sign Franck Ribery. The Mail understand that the Blues owner told the club’s chief executive to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge. Ideally, the Blues would sign Ribery in January for about £45 million, but Abramovich is open to signing him in the summer. Chelsea are prepared to make Ribery the Premier League’s highest paid player and while Bayern Munich do not want to sell Ribery, his place in the team isn’t exactly locked down.
Ribery is a terrific player, but he’s 32 years old and has been dealing with injuries. If Chelsea really would pay £45m for him, Bayern would probably jump at it. That’s incredible value for an aging player who isn’t even vital to the Bavarians’ success anymore. If almost any other club was linked to such a move for Ribery, it would be dismissed out of hand, but overpaying for Abramovich’s favourites isn’t exactly new to Chelsea. Having said that, the club’s fairly strict policy towards over-30s in recent seasons suggests this rumour is far-fetched – unless, in their desperation, Chelsea are changing tack.