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A Round-Up Of The Latest Transfer Rumours

It is painfully evident to one and all that Chelsea need a new striker. With the January transfer window drawing nearer, a host of strikers have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea FC 360 takes a look at every name that has been linked to Chelsea so far and assesses whether or not they would be ideal for the club at this point in time :-

1) Luis Suarez- The Daily Express reported that Chelsea could be willing to Suarez from Liverpool. If sources are to be believed, the Uruguayan would cost around £40M, with Manchester City also reportedly interested in him. He would be a decent addition to this Chelsea line-up as his style of play would perfectly compliment Chelsea’s attacking style. However, it seems unlikely that Liverpool will sell the one man who has effectively kept them out of the relegation zone.

2) Mario Gomez– The Bayern Munich hit-man was linked with a £40M move to Stamford Bridge by CaughtOffside. Gomez hasn’t been a regular for Bayern this season due to an ankle problem but his ability to find the back of the net might make him seem an ideal fit for Chelsea. However, he tends to not show up in big games (a good example would be the Champions League final in 2012) and seems a tad bit expensive for someone who can be described as a goal-poacher at best. Let’s hope this rumour remains just that: a rumour.

3) Wilfried Bony– The Ivory Coast international has been in fine form for Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem this season, scoring 15 goals so far. A number of sources, including the Daily Mail and Sky Sports have linked him to Chelsea. His agent has said that Chelsea as well as Liverpool are interested, but has conceded that a move will depend on Vitesse. At 23, he is still young and clearly improving and would be a decent addition to this Chelsea squad if he were to make the move to Stamford Bridge. He wouldn’t be as expensive as some of Chelsea’s other targets either, with his price reported to be a paltry £8M.

4) André Schürrle– The German international has been on Chelsea’s radar since the summer, with Chelsea trying to sign him several times throughout the summer and even on deadline day. The Mirror reported that Chelsea had recently sent scouts to watch the forward play, sparking rumours that Chelsea might target him again in January. His creative style of play and clinical finishing ability will certainly suit Chelsea. He will reportedly cost Chelsea around £20M, but the transfer will hinge largely on Leverkusen’s ability to find a suitable replacement for the German as well as their willingness to let go of their star player.

5) Karim Benzema– Admittedly one of the more unbelievable rumours doing the rounds. Spanish newspaper AS claimed that  Real Madrid striker Benzema would be willing to listen to offers immediately and that Chelsea could be in the race to sign the talented Frenchman. A clinical goal-scorer who is comfortable on the ball, Benzema would certainly be a decent signing should he choose to move to Stamford Bridge. However, the rumour seems an unlikely one.

6) Alessandro MatriFootball Italia reported that both Arsenal and Chelsea are willing to sign the Juventus striker for a fee of around £12.9M. Again, this story appears unbelievable. Matri is 28 years old and isn’t even a regular starter for Juventus, so why would Chelsea be interested in him? Here’s hoping that this story isn’t true.

7) Freda Taison– The Metalist Kharkiv attacker/striker was recently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge by a number of sources. The 24-year old Taison is certainly a handful for defenders and has the ability to score a few goals. He is valued at around £10M, a bargain compared to today’s transfer fees. However, he isn’t a clinical scorer and may not necessarily be the answer to Chelsea’s attacking problems at present.

If you had to choose from all the names mentioned above, who would you want Chelsea to sign in January? Do let us know!

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