Why Chelsea are cautious of signing striker for €80m

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Carlo Garganese
Todd Boehly, Chelsea owner
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Chelsea must signal a brand new striker in January.

This has been abundantly clear within the opening weeks of what has been one more tough begin to a Premier League season.

After a disastrous 2022-23 marketing campaign in entrance of purpose – with simply 38 objectives scored – issues look little higher this time round.

They’ve scored simply 5 objectives in six video games and hit one other clean in a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at dwelling.

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Nicolas Jackson is the present quantity 9, however whereas his all-round sport has been promising, he’s not medical sufficient in entrance of purpose. He has simply the one purpose this season and has been responsible of some unhealthy misses.

Chelsea are already contemplating doable striker targets in January and one of many names on their shortlist is earlier summer season goal Dusan Vlahovic.

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Juventus already supplied Chelsea the chance to signal Vlahovic twice in the summertime switch window.

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In June, Chelsea rejected the proposal out of hand.

The Serbian was then reoffered to the Blues on the finish of July in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku.

Talks went on for a variety of weeks, with Lukaku agreeing a transfer to Turin. However Juventus and Chelsea couldn’t agree on a valuation for each gamers and the deal collapsed. Lukaku moved to Roma on mortgage whereas Vlahovic stayed at Juventus.

Vlahovic’s begin to the season with Juve has excited some Chelsea followers, who really feel it proves he’s the correct man to resolve the striker disaster in west London.

Chelsea were in Vlahovic-Lukaku swap talks with Juventus
© ProShots – Chelsea had been in Vlahovic-Lukaku swap talks with Juventus

On paper, Vlahovic’s numbers are good. He has 4 objectives in 5 video games. This features a gorgeous double within the 3-1 win over Lazio final week – these had been two merely world-class finishes from merely half-chances.

However his total consistency this season and his total sport continues to be unfit of the €80m Juventus will request with the intention to think about promoting in January.

Whereas Vlahovic impressed within the 3-0 win over Udinese and the aforementioned 3-1 versus Lazio, he was poor in opposition to Bologna (1-1) and Empoli (2-0).

After which on Saturday he was downright atrocious within the humiliating 4-2 defeat at lowly Sassuolo.

Vlahovic misjudged an excellent cross from Chiesa, which ought to have been a easy header dwelling. He additionally miscontrolled a easy cross that may have led to a different massive probability. Then within the second half he screwed large horribly one-on-one, regardless that he was offside.

The 23-year-old is often a deadly finisher with a rocket of a left foot. However his capability to carry up the ball, brings teammates into play and join with others has not been ok since arriving at Juventus from Fiorentina in January 2022.

Many of the blame could be laid on the door of outdated Juventus supervisor Max Allegri – each offensive participant has regressed or stagnated below the coach since he returned to Turin in 2021.

However that doesn’t imply that Chelsea shouldn’t be hesitant to pay €80m for a participant who requires massive enhancements to resolve the striker disaster at Stamford Bridge.

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