Chelsea looking to fix striker woes in January transfers - The12thMan

Chelsea looking to fix striker woes in January transfers

This month could be the last chance for Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata to perform for the blues as there could curtains on their stay at Stamford Bridge in January.

Chelsea are prepared to back Maurizio Sarri’s impressive start to the season by raiding the transfer market to sign a new centre-forward in January. Mauro Icardi is top of the list but will be very expensive and difficult to prise away from Inter Milan. Icardi has a release clause of £97.5million but it is not active until the summer window and Inter are trying to tempt him into an improved deal with new terms.

Krzysztof Piatek of Genoa, however, is shaping up as a more realistic mid-season target. Piatek, 23, only moved this year from Cracovia in Poland for just £3.5m and has made a sensational start to his career in Italy. The Poland international has made a superb start to life in Serie A this season, looking one of the finds of the whole summer after netting 14 goals in his first 15 games for his new club.

However, the latest from Don Balon is that Real Madrid are also interested in Piatek as they could do with strengthening up front as well, with Genoa asking for £53m to let him go. This should not be too expensive to put off clubs like Chelsea and Madrid, with the Daily Mail linking the Blues with the 23-year-old earlier this season.

In addition to this, Sarri’s former club Napoli are among those to have declared an interest in the 23-year-old Pole and, according to reports, are prepared to pay £30m. Genoa’s reaction was to insist Piatek was not for sale but this will not deter wealthy suitors if the goals continue to flow. Sarri’s high-tempo brand of football has been well received and players have adapted quickly to his system with a glaring exception at centre-forward.

Author’s Take:

Sarri wanted a good striker in summer as well as he was looking to get Gonzalo Higuain but with the sale of Morata. Now, this looks certain that Chelsea will go for a new striker in January and Piatek could fix the woes of Sarri at the top.

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