5 Players Who Could Solve Chelsea’s Striker Problem Next Season

5 Strikers Chelsea Could Buy Ahead Of Next Season

Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres of Chelsea
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Although Chelsea's season is still in progress, it's still abundantly clear to everybody that they require a new striker for next season. The defense is strong, the midfield has improved with the acquisition of Nemanja Matic and they have playmakers galore. A top class striker is what they dearly lack, and a hapless return of just 15 Premier League goals between Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba combined proves the point precisely.

5. Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli of AC Milan
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5. Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli of AC Milan
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Mario Balotelli is a Class A Ferrari with nobody at the wheel. He has to mature sometime, is what we always hear. Well, he hasn't so far, but if Mourinho wanted a challenge that could pay huge dividends, then Super Mario could be his guy. They've worked together before, and Mourinho said he was ''unmanageable'' at the time. He knows the talent level, though, and managers will always take a chance on Balotelli because of that.

4. Hulk

Brazilian Hulk of Zenit St. Petersburg
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4. Hulk

Brazilian Hulk of Zenit St. Petersburg
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Hulk is a player everybody expected to move to one of the biggest teams in Europe a few years back. In the end, he joined Zenit St. Petersburg but has since been reported to be unhappy in Russia. He is a versatile player who can play either wide or as a main striker. A move to England is always a rumor in circulation, and with Mourinho in urgent need of some firepower, the man they call Hulk could be a player Mourinho turns to this summer.

3. Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez of FC Porto
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3. Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez of FC Porto
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Jackson Martinez is constantly linked with a move to the Premier League and anywhere else that houses a big club or two. He is sure to be the subject of bids and inquiries this summer from all around the world, and sooner or later, he is going to make that big move. Could this summer be the time? With speed, strength, agility and an incredible knack for scoring goals, he could be the perfect foil for Eden Hazard and Co. at Chelsea.

2. Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani celebrates a Uruguay goal
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2. Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani celebrates a Uruguay goal
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Edinson Cavani joined Paris Saint-Germain only last summer for £55m from Napoli. Reports of discontent at being played out of position and disappointment at the standard of the French league have led to talk he could leave Paris after only one season. A big striker but with agility, the ability to join in the build-up play and lethal goalscoring prowess are exactly what Chelsea need. But he will almost certainly cost big. big money.

1. Diego Costa

Diego Costa of Athletico Madrid
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1. Diego Costa

Diego Costa of Athletico Madrid
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When Radamel Falcao left Athletico Madrid last summer, you would have been forgiven for wondering just how they would replace the 28 league goals that he scored last year. Well, after scoring 25 goals so far this season, the answer is Diego Costa. This summer will, no doubt, lead to huge speculation about Costa and his future, and do not be surprised at all if, at the front of the queue, is one Jose Mourinho.

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