Jose Mourinho said a few weeks ago that he considered Chelsea to have completed their transfer activity for this summer. However, the departure of Fernando Torres with just two days left in the window has left a major hole in Chelsea’s squad.
“What we have clear is that we need three strikers to face the season,” said Mourinho on Friday. The departure of Torres leaves us with just Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. Costa’s problem with hamstring injuries in the last 12 months certainly increases the need for a third striker.
Chelsea reportedly identified Roma striker Mattia Destro as the replacement for Torres. The 23-year-old would cost in the region of £20 million, but Roma will not be pushed towards selling him at this late stage.
“Destro is absolutely not for sale and never has been. We receive offers continually because he’s a great player, but we have no intention of selling him,” said Roma president James Pallotta. Due to these aspects, Chelsea appeared to have turned their attention towards QPR forward Loic Remy, according to rumours.
Remy came close to joining Liverpool a few weeks ago before his transfer collapsed because of a failed medical. QPR manager Harry Redknapp, though, says that Liverpool have failed to disclose the true reasons because he considers Remy as one of the fittest players in the league.
The French international could cost just £8 million due to a clause in his contract. Teams in the Champions League will have to pay this figure whereas the striker will cost £15 million for teams outside the top six. Remy will look towards earning around £80,000 per week. These figures represent a steal for a player who scored 14 goals and 27 appearances in his loan spell at Newcastle United.
Diego Costa is a doubt to face Everton today. This leaves Drogba, a player largely brought in as an impact player, as the only choice up front. Such a situation should be avoided throughout the campaign. Chelsea are left scampering at the last moment and it could jeopardise our season.