With the January transfer window fastly approaching in England, the reigning European Champions are looking at their options to beef up their out and out attack.
Currently the Blues are operating with only Fernando Torres as the main striker, with a backup option of Daniel Sturridge, who has mainly been used as a winger so far. So with Torres in danger of burning out, Chelsea will be bringing in another centre forward in January, thats for certain.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo has his scouts out watching potential targets, whilst rumours spark up regarding potential players coming in. The main target is and always has been, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Athletico Madrid.
Falcao is almost certainly leaving Madrid in January, there is no avoiding that fact, with Chelsea being the favourites to land the 26-year-old. A deal that was seen as all but complete, has took a recent turn for the worse in Chelsea's case. There has been reports suggesting that both Arsenal and Manchester City are also watching Falcao, with City ready to wade in with a lucarative offer. There are also other major Eurpoean clubs watching Falcao, so if the Blues are to land their man, they will have to get involved in a transfer war with a number of rich clubs.
We have already witnessed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not prepared to get into these tussles and fall to club and player demands anymore, when in the summer he decided to pull out of a deal to sign Hulk from Porto with the Russian billionaire refusing to be involved in the ransom being demanded by Porto. Hulk ended up joining Zenit St Petersburg in what seemed to be a secondary move for the Brazilian international.
With those thoughts in mind, Chelsea need backups, and they have been seriously looking at a number of potential replacements to do the job. One name in particular that has cropped up lately is Klass-Jan Huntelaar.
The Dutch international currently plays in Germany for Schalke 04 and is rumoured to be the subject of a £6 million move to Chelsea in January. The prolific goalscorer would be a cheap short term option for Chelsea, although he does tend to go against their policy of buying young this season. At 29-years-old, he still offers a great threat up top, but with Chelsea only offering their over 30s 1-year-contract extensions, I see this option as highly unlikely.
More realistically, Chelsea are likely to re-ignite their interest in German international, Andre Schurrle. The 21-year-old has been scouted by Chelsea for some time now and was almost on his way to Stamford Bridge in the summer, albeit certain complications allowed the move to fail. But Schurrle wants to play for Chelsea, he has not hid that fact, and with the striker shortage their right now, he is a very likely option for January. Schurrle also offers much versatility, being able to play on either wing as well as an attacking midfielder, but it is at centre forward where Chelsea want him, a position he is playing week in week out with Bayer Leverkusen and after a slow start, is really beginning to find his form in the Bundesliga.
A couple of distant options could well come from the city of Manchester, with United's Javier Hernandez and City's rogue striker Mario Balotelli both being talked about as potential options. I believe the latter of the two is merely just talk, but Hernandez could well be an option as Chelsea have scouted the Mexican international in recent years.
Currently lacking game time with United, Hernandaz could see the option of more appearances with the European Champions as more appealing than warming the subsitutes bench at Old Trafford, where he faces more competition for a starting place.
Meanwhile, Balotelli has had yet another bust-up with his manager Roberto Mancini, who has allegedly finally lost his patience with the controversial Italian international and is ready to offload him in January, to fund a move for Falcao.