Mourinho’s striker: Hulk, Cavani or Schurrle?
With Jose Mourinho in place as Chelsea manager once more, the west London club are ready for a busy summer in the transfer window.
A number of fringe and older players will leave the side, however there has been unanimity that a new striker will be on the new coach’s wishlist this summer. Rumoured targets include Hulk, Edinson Cavani and Andre Schurrle – but which of these should Mourinho look to sign?
Hulk and Chelsea have been linked to each other over the last number of transfer windows, with odds indicating that the Brazil international is a target for the Stamford Bridge club once more. The South American’s best spell of his career came at FC Porto, where alongside Radamel Falcao he shot the club to Europa League success.
With Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar supplying the opportunities for a lone forward, an out and out centre forward is needed to take the chances. Hulk, despite being athletic and strong, prefers to drop deep and pick up the ball, and his goalscoring record is not as impressive as the other two rumoured targets.
Cavani has shot to fame in Serie A, scoring with alarming regularity for firstly Palermo and then Napoli. The Uruguayan’s goals helped the San Paolo side to a second-placed finish last term, and he has netted regularly in European competition for Napoli also.
Cavani certainly is the out and out forward that Chelsea need, and would play through the middle like an orthodox number nine. One problem however may well be his price tag, as he currently has a €63 million (£54m) release clause in his contract. Will Mourinho force Roman Abramovich to spend that big? We will see…
Schurrle has impressed at Bayer Leverkusen over the last couple of seasons, and has forced his way into the Germany international squad despite extreme competition. He has played in the Europa League with the BayArena outfit, and his return of seven and 11 goals in the Bundesliga in the last two seasons shows progression.
Schurrle’s transfer fee would be in the £20 million range, a significant cost saving on the expensive Cavani. However, Schurrle prefers to play as a second striker; Leverkusen play Stefan Kiesling as their number nine, with Schurrle supporting him.
Unless Mourinho can make Schurrle to step up to take the number nine role, based on the options, Cavani is the closest match to what Chelsea need, but Roman Abramovich will have to pay a pretty penny to tempt him away from Napoli.
Let us know who you think is most likely to be Jose Mourinho’s first-choice number nine?
The author of this article is Gareth McKnight.
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