It’s no secret that the solitary missing piece of the Stamford Bridge jigsaw is a prolific front-man, with Chelsea’s current strike force of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o finding just nine goals between them this season.
High-value targets Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa may be out of the Blues’ reach this January due to both players recently stating staunch commitment to their respective clubs.
But one big-money forward who could be lured away is FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez, nicknamed Cha Cha Cha for his quick feet and ballet-like grace in the final third.
The 27 year-old has spent the majority of his career bobbing around in South America, enjoying prominent spells at Independiente Medellin in his native Colombia and with Chiapas in the Mexican top flight.
But the Dragons took a £7million punt on the 6 foot 1 striker in summer 2012 and he’s already paid them back dividends, producing a prolific return of 49 goals in 66 appearances – a major contribution to his side’s undefeated Primeira Liga title triumph last season.
Bearing great power and pace, and the ability to finish with both feet or in the air, many believe Martinez would be the perfect fit for the Premier League and, after his successful campaign in Portugal, is ready to take the English top flight by storm.
Several Premier League clubs have been linked to the Colombian international over the last 18 months, namely Arsenal, both Manchester outfits and the Blues.
But if Jose Mourinho wishes to make Martinez a Chelsea player this January he’ll have to meet the striker’s release clause of £33million, which the Blues boss may view as a bit too steep for a player who has just a season and a half’s worth of experience in European football.