Jose Mourinho has dropped his biggest hint yet that he’ll try to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao in the summer, as his long search for a reliable striker goes on. Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o have all failed to convince Mourinho that they fit the bill.
“The problem at Chelsea is that we’re missing a striker,” the Chelsea coach told French TV. “I don’t have Falcao, but Falcao doesn’t have a club," he mused... "Who wants to play in front of 3,000 supporters?”
But what if Mourinho fails to get Falcao, who is tied to a big money deal in Monte Carlo? Unibet’s Michael Da Silva takes a look at his options…
Mourinho and Balotelli worked together at Inter Milan and, while their relationship wasn’t always sweet, there appears to be a mutual respect between the pair. Mourinho knows he needs a man he can rely on to score goals and, as Balotelli has shown at Milan this season with his 14 from 27 appearances, the Italian is a proven goalscorer. At 23, Balotelli’s best years are still ahead of him, but does Mourinho want to take the risk on this unpredictable character?
Gomez may have been deemed surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich, but he remains an accomplished striker. Injury has ruined his first season at Fiorentina but, at 28, the German star still has much to offer – and will surely prove that at this summer’s World Cup for Die Nationalmannschaft. This option would come cheaper than the others on this list and, given that Mourinho is continually reminding Manchester City of the importance of financial fair play, Gomez could serve as an economical solution.
Zlatan claimed this week that he would have “destroyed Premier League defences, just like everywhere else,” had he played in England. The enigmatic Swede seems to have turned his back on playing England ever since he was asked by Arsene Wenger to complete a trial at Arsenal. “Zlatan doesn’t do trials,” he famously replied. But if he can get over that, Ibrahimovic would be the perfect short term solution for Chelsea. It’s a long shot, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Mourinho. There's also Zlatan's Paris Saint-Germain teammate Edinson Cavani as well, of course. But having signed for £55million only last summer, Chelsea will have to stump up a huge fee to get him.
Kiessling has enjoyed a couple of hot seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, propelling them to this season’s Champions League. But at 30, the former Germany forward has blossomed late. Although Mourinho could get Kiessling for as little as £10million, his age could be a barrier. Mourinho wants a striker not just for Christmas.
If Mourinho cannot land Radamel Falcao, it’s highly likely that he’ll move for Atletico Madrid sensation Diego Costa. The 25-year-old Brazilian/Spaniard has scored a fabulous 26 goals in 29 games this season and could end the campaign as a La Liga and maybe even Champions League winner. Big and powerful, Costa fits the Mourinho blueprint for a striker. Not bad for a Plan B.
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