We were strongly linked with a move for the player on deadline day of the last transfer window but the deal was never completed. There was a rumour going around that he may have failed a medical because of a potential heart defect, not sure if that’s true though.
With only Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge at the recognised forwards at the club I was surprised that we didn’t sign another forward during the summer and reckon we ought to this January. Torres has looked better this season but still hasn’t looked convincing, whilst Sturridge is relatively untested in the centre forward position and hasn’t had much chance as he’s been out injured recently.
The ideal signing would be Radamel Falcao and I wouldn’t be surprised if we dig splash out on him, especially as he’d be eligible for the Champions League this season. He’d be my first choice as he’s probably the best centre forward in the world right now and we saw exactly what he’s capable of first-hand when he destroyed us in the European Super Cup earlier this season. He’s already scored a dozen goals for Atletico Madrid and is happy at the club, but it’s unlikely that they can match his ambition and will likely accept a big offer due to their financial difficulties.
But you can never put all your eggs in one basket and Tuttosport claim that the Blues have sent scouts to watch Remy’s performances in recent weeks with the most recent being the 2-2 draw between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Tuttosport also believe that Chelsea hope to strike the deal for around £15m.
If Chelsea wanted to go for a more affordable option than the likes of Falcao then it wouldn’t hurt to look closer to home. Newcastle’s Demba Ba has already scored 6 goals in the Premier League this season and is available for £7 million. Ba isn’t going to pass any medicals so obviously carries a risk as he can’t be insured, but Chelsea are wealthy enough to be able to take the hit should the worst happen.
And then there’s Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, whose future in north London is far from secure as he’s already in the final year of his contract and the January window represents Arsene Wenger’s last opportunity to sell him unless they can sign him up to a new deal. Walcott is far from perfect as a footballer in terms of his end product but it has improved in recent years and he developed a deadly understanding with Robin van Persie before the Dutchman left the Emirates in search of silverware.