Chelsea’s desperate search to find a target-man up front continues this week as they have now reportedly switched their focus to AS Roma hitman Edin Dzeko and keen to bring him at Stamford Bridge later this month.
The Blues are struggling to score enough goals and have drawn last five outings that inclue three consecutive scoreless draws. January is not the ideal period to strike high-profile deals and Antonio Conte’s search for an out-and-out goalscorer has brought up some bizarre transfer stories.
If reports are believed to be true, the defending Premier League champions were chasing the £20 mil signing of former Liverpool flop Andy Carroll. But his ever-growing injury concern has now stalled the transfer talks and the Blues have now identified former Manchester City hitman Edin Dzeko to sort out their attacking conundrum. The Bosnian is currently enjoying his third campaign for the Serie A where he became the top scorer last term with 29 goals. He netted 39 times altogether in the previous campaign and has already bagged 12 this term in 26 appearances. The 31-year-old forward scored a brace at Stamford Bridge earlier this season in a Champions League meeting and his goal-poaching traits will be a massive influence to draw an end to Chelsea’s futile run.
According to Sky Italy, the Blues are willing to offer €50 mil for Edin Dzeko and left-back Emerson Palmieri and also willing to send misfiring Michy Batshuayi on loan for the remainder of the campaign. But the i giallorossi are demanding an extra €15 mil for their star duo as they will need serious reinforcements to continue their European run and also pushing for a Champions League berth.
Alvaro Morata is badly out-of-form and the Blues are plotting a shocking swoop for veteran Peter Crouch as well who will turn 37 later this month. But the intent is pretty clear from the gaffer. Carroll and Dzeko, both are 6 ft 4 in tall whereas Crouch is 6 ft 7 in. Conte thus is looking for a striker with great physical as well as aerial presence inside the box who will be fed crosses and long balls to score goals.
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