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Chelsea haven’t done a bad job in this department either in the last decade, especially when it comes to buying strikers.
Through paying £50m for Fernando Torres, £30m for Andriy Shevchenko’s nine goals and £15.8m for six-strike Adrian Mutu, Chelsea have largely got as much value for money as West Ham season ticket holders this season from their expensive frontmen.
Didier Drogba is the obvious exception to the rule, while Hernan Crespo won a Premier League title without being particularly formidable in front of goal.
Nonetheless, on the whole, spending big on a striker has not really done the Blues any favours, except freeing up a little space so that Roman Abramovich was able to squeeze his wallet into his back pocket.
Chelsea’s need for a striker has been no secret for the entire season and a new arrival is almost guaranteed for the summer, with speculation suggesting that Abramovich prefers Edinson Cavani of Paris-Saint Germain, while Jose Mourinho would rather sign Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
It is 33/20 that Liverpool keep a clean sheet when they host Chelsea’s batch of underachieving strikers next.
Either of these strikers would potentially become Chelsea’s club record signing, but history does not lend much weight to the theory that paying over the odds for a goalscorer ends in smiles.
Therefore, Chelsea may be better served looking in a lower price bracket, where Mario Mandzukic could well be available for purchase.
Robert Lewandowski is almost certain to become FC Bayern Munchen’s main man in attack when joining from Borussia Dortmund, which increases the probability of Mandzukic moving on.
Mandzukic holds many of the traits that Chelsea profited from previously when Drogba led their line, as he is strong at holding possession, a decent finisher and the scorer of more headed goals than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Costa and Cavani look the leading targets for Chelsea, but maybe Mandzukic is the answer to their striking need?