Chelsea may try to sign a striker late in the January transfer window, according to journalist, Luke Edwards.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of forwards this month, that it’s almost difficult to keep up with the growing list of names.
Lille striker, Jonathan David is another name that is being mentioned alongside the Blues at the moment, with Edwards recently telling the Transfers Gossip Daily podcast that the Stamford Bridge outfit could actually try to sign the 24-year-old as a late signing for the current window if they’re able to free up some funds through player sales.
He said: “Chelsea not signing a striker this month is one of my big surprises. If you had asked me for my predictions of what would happen this month when we started, I would have thought Chelsea signing a striker would be one of them, Newcastle signing a midfielder and Arsenal signing a striker.
“But none of these things have happened. Chelsea are still trying to sell Broja to someone, Fulham are sniffing around. They are vaguely tempted. They might have had a bid turned down over the weekend. They may have a need for a centre-forward. I could not imagine Fulham would be daft enough to spend £50 or £60 million on Broja.
“But they are desperately trying to offload someone. This is the story of this week. I think the next few days could be pretty dramatic actually. Everyone is trying to sell players to buy. If Chelsea can persuade Fulham to give them money for Broja, that would free them up to do something like this [Jonathan] David deal.
“He would fit the age profile, he’s not had a particularly good season this year, but he has a good record at Lille. He would cost around £51 million and is only 23. We have seen this with Chelsea, they are trying to build this young team, and it’s probably the first sign of a bit of sense coming in. Whether they can get David this month I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t rule it out entirely.”
There are so many transfer rumours flying around about Chelsea’s interest in a striker, and only a few should be taken seriously.
However, one thing we do know is that Chelsea are desperate for a new forward, so it would be naive to rule out anything. But the Blues are also not too keen on making just any signing, as has been the case in the Todd Boehly era.
Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher are the two players that are most-likely to leave Stamford Bridge any time soon. If the club is able to offload one or two of them this month, then there’s a good chance that a new signing will be brought in as replacement.