Loic Remy’s apparent contempt with his role as Diego Costa support cast at Chelsea has prompted speculation suggesting the French striker will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
Having seen the Blues splash out £32m on Spanish international Costa 12 months ago, it’s difficult to imagine how Remy thought a regular starting spot would be attainable when he signed for the Premier League champions from QPR, but spending a year as a peripheral figure for the best team in the land shouldn’t be a detriment to his quality.
If widespread reports are to be believed this is exactly what’s happened, with the former Newcastle ace said to be subject of a three-way tussle between mid-ranging Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea.
The latter are in the greatest need on final third reinforcements after losing chief goal threat Wilfried Bony to Manchester City last January, with the £28m recouped for the Ivorian sharpshooter more than enough to cover any prospective Remy outlay.
It could be this line of logic that has seen the Swans installed as 5/2 favourites to be paying the 28-year-old’s bills by the time the transfer winter closes in September.
But with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all looking to add a frontman to their rosters for the coming campaign, is the forward not setting his sights a little too low?
Despite starting just six Premier League games for the champions last time around, limiting his minutes on the pitch to 668, Remy still found the time to bag a respectable seven goals.
It took his tally in English football to 27 in 63 outings, 16 of which came via the substitutes bench.
This very healthy return equates to a goal-per-game ratio of 0.42.
After costing Chelsea £10.5m last summer and spending the bulk of the season largely underappreciated in his tracksuit, even a team of negotiators as notoriously skilful as the Blues’ couldn’t command a significant mark up from suitors looking to buy Remy during the current transfer window.
It stands to reason, therefore, that a striker who has scored almost once every other game at the highest level for over two campaigns could be available for a price at the low end of the eight-figure bracket.
Those to have finished in the top-six last term will spend double, triple, or possibly more on players as they look to improve their squads, yet their scouring of the globe for the finest talent seems to have made a glaring oversight, potentially allowing a potent source of value-for-money goals in Remy to sign for a mid-table rival.