According to The Express, Chelsea are confident of landing in-form Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson for a £30 million fee in the upcoming transfer window.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side have been flying high this season, and Wilson has been a particularly bright spark. The 26-year-old has already racked up nine goals and six assists in all competitions. His showings for the Cherries even earned him his first call up to the England national squad, and he scored on his international debut in a friendly against the USA.
Now is probably the right time in Wilson’s career for him to make the step up to a big six club, certainly the striker’s stock and reputation has never been greater than it currently is.
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Considering the Bournemouth No. 13 only has a Transfermarkt valuation of £13.5 million, £30 million may be overpaying somewhat. However, if the Blues want to land their man, they’ll have to pay the price. The question is, is Wilson the right target for them?
Maurizio Sarri should certainly be in the market for a new striker. Olivier Giroud is ageing, and far from prolific anyway. Meanwhile, the west London club’s £60 million 2017 signing Alvaro Morata is utterly bereft of confidence and needs replacing, having flopped in the Premier League.
Whilst Wilson has impressed this season though, there is no evidence that this isn’t just a one-off purple patch. He has scored only 19 Premier League goals in his last three full top flight campaigns combined, after all. The move to Chelsea would be a huge step up, making this a big gamble on the Blues’ part.
Sarri doesn’t need to be lumbered with yet another flop forward not cut out for the elite level, so shouldn’t take the risk. If Chelsea are serious about getting back to regularly competing for domestic and European honours, then they need a striker proven at the very top level.