As far as Chelsea’s search goes for a new striker all the talk seems to be around Wayne Rooney but Jose Mourinho had revealed that he has a plan B and C up his sleeve.
Manchester United don’t look like they will budge on Rooney and they’d need to make a big signing in order to let their forward go and David Moyes has said that he may not make any signings, but I’d say Mourinho is perfectly happy for the media to continue speculating over this whilst he looks for an alternative.
We’ve already been surprised once with the news that we are in the process of hijacking Tottenham’s deal for Willian and barring something drastic that looks likely to be done, could Jackson Martinez be the Blues’ next surprise signing?
The Express report that Chelsea are planning to test United’s resolve for Rooney once more with an improved offer but thankfully it’s unlikely Juan Mata will be included in a swap deal as Mourinho say that he has no plans to move the Spaniard on.
But Porto forward Martinez has been lined up as another possibility. The 26-year-old has been described as an out-and-out goal scorer than can finish with either foot and was prolific in his debut season for Porto with 34 goals in 43 games. Of course Porto do not want to let one of their prized assets go and often sell their players for extortionate fees but won’t be able to do much if the Blues opt to meet his release clause of around £30m+.
Despite his Anzhi coach saying that Samuel Eto’o will be staying at the Russian club he is still being linked to Chelsea as another Rooney alternative but I just cannot see Chelsea (or any other club) matching his current wages, so that’s a no-go and Martinez could well be Chelsea’s best option otherwise.
If Willian and another forward arrive I’d say Victor Moses and Demba Ba will probably make way, but out on loan rather than being sold.