After Chelsea’s recent loss to Crystal Palace, Jose Mourinho admits his strikers are not pulling their weight as he is ready to replace them all during the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.
Mourinho has played down any remaining hopes for the title after a shock defeat to Palace, who lie in 16th place.
The Blues current striking options of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Samuel Eto’o have all been criticized by the boss as he summed up that their time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to a bitter end.
His three strikers have only scored 15 goals between them, leaving them out of comparison with Liverpool’s Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have scored a remarkable 49 goals between the pair.
With Eto’o sidelined for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Paris St-Germain, the Chelsea boss will start with Torres up front, but admitted that he will still go through with the striker clear-out in the summer.
The Special One said: “Every match matters. But these matches, when you have to win, obviously they matter.
“I don’t think it’s the moment to speak about next season and the market, but it’s clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring a striker. That is clear. It’s also clear we want to improve our players.”
The Portuguese manager has put Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa at the top of his transfer targets as he believes the club aren’t willing to overspend on acquiring the services of Monaco’s Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani from PSG, with Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic also looking to be another reasonable candidate.
Mourinho added: “What’s the future for the [current Chelsea] strikers? The ones that are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing.
“And normally at the end of the season, players that are not playing a lot or players who are not happy and prefer a change, that is also part of the market.