Chelsea F.C. manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring in a ‘killer striker’ when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
The likes of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o have struggled to consistently provide a goal-scoring threat for the Blues, who are all-but out of the title race.
Last summer, Mourinho made it clear he wanted to strengthen the strike force at Stamford Bridge with his public pursuit of Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney.
With Rooney having put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at United, the Portuguese will likely turn his attention to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
The Spain international, 25, has been linked with a big-money move to the English Premier League giants in recent times, with some media sources claiming the Blues have already agreed a deal for the highly-rated centre-forward.
“Against the teams that are more defensive, more aggressive, more worried about trying to keep a clean sheet than really to play, we keep saying the same,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
“We have good players, but we don’t have the kind of striker able to, in a short space, to make an action, to score a goal, to open the gate.
“In these kind of matches you just need to open the gate. When you open the gate, the gate is open and you go on to win much more. We weren’t able to do that.
“We have to try to win as a team, to improve as a team, but also add the attacking player with that killer instinct and the number of goals that push teams to different levels.
“It’s something our club is going to try [to do], respecting obviously that we have good strikers.”
However, Chelsea may face competition from Arsenal for Diego Costa, who helped El Atleti knock the Blues out of the UEFA Champions League last week.
Earlier this week, the Gunners were linked with a £31 million bid for Diego Costa, despite — as previously alluded to — a Goal.com report suggesting Chelsea had already agreed a deal for the 25-year-old.
Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has moved to rubbish the aforementioned speculation but rumours linking Diego Costa with Chelsea will continue to dominate the headlines.
Now then, in other news, Serie A giants A.S. Roma are reportedly interested in signing out-of-favour Blues striker Romelu Lukaku on a two-year loan deal, according to Italian newspaper Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.
That raises the question, should Chelsea loan out Lukaku for a third successive season?