Antonio Conte’s Chelsea revolution rolls on.
Despite having already captured Machy Batshuayi earlier this summer, it seems that the new Blues boss isn’t holding back in his quest to get Chelsea firing again.
With Falcao and Pato already out, and with rumours constantly linking Diego Costa with a move away from the club – theres a definite need for Chelsea to rebuild their front line.
For much of the summer the Blues have held both Alvaro Moratta and Romelu Lukaku at the top of their transfer list, but now the club are reportedly focusing their efforts solely on Lukaku after Real Madrid demanded £80 million for Moratta.
However, the Belgian forward won’t be cheap either – with reports linking that move around the £75 million mark as Everton play hard ball.
Both are great strikers, but any move for that sort of money seems destined to backfire – and Chelsea should look elsewhere for a better value for money forward.
So here are five alternatives to Romelu Lukaku that Chelsea should look at instead…
Antoine Greizmann was the standout performer at this summer’s European Championship tournament, and has long been a target of Chelsea.
Greizmann is no doubt one of the most prolific front men in world football, having captured 44 goals in 75 league appearances for Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea reportedly had interest in the young French forward earlier in the year, but were rebuffed after Madrid quoted a price out of budget for The Blues.
However, if the club are willing to spent up to £75 million on a player like Lukaku – surely it would be worth instead taking that money and looking at Greizmann instead.
Atletico Madrid are a side built around selling players for profit; and a sale of that price would represent great value for the prudent Spanish side.
Christian Benteke is a player that Chelsea have reportedly sounded out for a move, with the Belgian attack seen as a potential alternative to Lukaku – and it is easy to see why.
Benteke is a strong, powerful attacker that is built for the Premier League, and a poor spell for Liverpool shouldn’t put off Chelsea.
He was prolific for Aston Villa, and with Antonio Conte reportedly keen to utilise two strikers; he could form a deadly partnership with Belgian compatriot Michy Batshuayi.
With a cut price fee likely to be enough for Liverpool to cut their losses; this deal could represent great value for money.
Chelsea reported interest in Carlos Tevez seemingly came out of nowhere; but the move would make a great deal of sense.
Tevez has Premier League experience, and was prolific under Conte whilst the pair were at Juventus together.
Tevez is certainly no spring chicken, and would no doubt be a short term fix – but the low cost could be very attractive to Chelsea.
Tevez definitely isn’t the best option, but if the option is him or a £75 million Lukaku – surely there is only one answer?
An unlikely solution – but a cost effective and low risk one.
Like a few of these targets, Edison Cavani has long been on the radar of Chelsea.
The Uruguayan forward currently plays for PSG in France, but has often been purported as being unsettled in the French capital.
Likely available for closer to the £40 million mark, Cavani would no doubt cost significantly less than Lukaku; and if you take his current goalscoring record – he might prove a hit in the Premier League.
He is nearing 30, so he wouldn’t be a long-term solution like Lukaku; but a sure-fire prolific forward he definitely would be.
A slightly less obvious option could come in the form of long term Chelsea target Gabriel Barbosa.
Chelsea have reportedly been keen on Barbosa for a while, with the club reportedly in pole position to land the Brazilian starlet’s signature as of a few weeks ago.
His proposed signing was obviously originally planned as a long term strategy; likely followed by several loans before either a first team role or a sale for profit.
However, Barbosa has been hyped to the moon; and has drawn a number of comparisons with Brazilian compatriot Neymar.
Perhaps Chelsea could surprise us by placing him at the tip of their attacking line?
It would definitely be a huge risk – but it could pay off generously.