Chelsea are expected to be scouting for a regular source of goals and have been linked with signing a Championship striker.
In spite of spending a significant amount of money on signing Timo Werner last summer, Chelsea are back in the transfer market on the lookout for a striker. The Blues have been linked with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks, but signing either of the frontmen is going to be a difficult proposition considering their expensive price tags.
Due to the price factor, Chelsea are considering low cost options and according to the Express, they are keeping the door open to sign Brentford’s master marksman, Ivan Toney. Thomas Tuchel’s side is thought to be interested in the 25-year-old, with the newly-promoted club’s director of football making the claim in a recent interview.
I still think [teams] like Everton and even Chelsea [are interested in him]. I know Chelsea are looking at the top range of centre-forwards, but I know they’ve watched him and like him, and if they don’t get A, B, and C, who knows? Then I expect Ivan to go for 40m, 45m, 50m pounds, but now he’s got them in the Premier League, only the top clubs could afford him.
Toney scored 30 times in 44 Championship appearances for Brentford and was a key figure in their promotion campaign. However, he is not the best of options for Chelsea to pursue, keeping in mind that they may need to spend a fortune on a player who is likely to only remain a back-up option for large parts of the upcoming season.
In addition to his role in the squad, the west Londoners already have Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham who are knocking on Tuchel’s door for more minutes. Giroud may be leaving the club to join AC Milan in the summer, but Abraham is likely to stay and would be a solid target man next to the attacking options which Chelsea have.
Abraham is an in-house option who has experience in playing in the Premier League, which Toney lacks at the moment. Plus, he has always delivered the goals when called upon and will be the archaic accordant in getting the best out of Werner. The German flourishes with a player who he can exchange passes with in the final-third and Abraham fits the bill.
Chelsea are defensively solid too, so their need for a goal-scorer is not as grave as it is being made to look. They can turn their attention to signing Haaland next summer when his release clause of 75 million euros gets valid. How do you think the club should address its striker situation in the current transfer window?