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Five striking options Chelsea should consider in the summer transfer window



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It’s been a long, hard season for Chelsea who have seen two permanent and two interim head coaches at the helm during the 2022/23 campaign, with current caretaker Frank Lampard still in search of his first win in his second spell as Blues boss.

Chelsea have had their issues, both on and off the pitch, but one of the biggest downfalls for London’s most successful club over the last decade has been their lack of firepower up front.

It has reflected in the number of goals scored this season, with Chelsea only managing to net 30 goals in their 31 Premier League games, which is less than a goal a game. This is one big reason why they are placed in 11th with seven games to go.

The Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital, who have already spent more than £600 million on new signings and looking for their next permanent manager, are set for another busy summer in the transfer window with an expected overhaul of the squad.

With goals an issue for the side, despite £97.5 million signing Romelu Lukaku’s expected return from Inter Milan this summer, Absolute Chelsea has taken a look at five possible strikers that could bulk up the attack next season.

Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen is a name that will be on many of the top clubs’ shortlist after the kind of season he is having with Napoli in the Serie A. The Nigerian marksman is averaging a goal every 92 minutes with a resounding 21 goals in 24 games. In addition to that, Osimhen has five assists to his name. His stature and physicality suggest that he would be a perfect fit for the Premier League, and with Chelsea in dire need for a player of his profile, it makes sense for a deal to be struck this summer.

Gonçalo Ramos

The Portuguese striker has burst onto the scene this term for Benfica and played an important role in his country’s quarter-final berth in last year’s World Cup. Many saw Ramos for the first time when he was selected ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s Round of 16 tie against Switzerland, where he quickly silenced his doubters and netted a hat-trick. Across all competitions, the 21-year-old has 25 goals in 41 appearances.

Randal Kolo Muani

An interesting name to be mentioned in possible attacking options for Chelsea next season is Kolo Muani. His dynamism and versatility up top would be valuable to the Blues next term, who will be eager to better their attacking numbers from this season. Now a full French international, Muani has a few friends within the Blues camp already, namely Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante, as well as Christopher Nkunku, who he replaced in France’s World Cup squad last year.

Ivan Toney

If Chelsea are looking to go the tried and tested route and sign a Premier League proven player, few standout more than Brentford’s Ivan Toney. He’s had a season to remember, racking up 18 goals in the Premier League – a tally only bettered by Harry Kane and Erling Haaland. Toney is a player who can lead the line on his own, as well as play with a partner and do both roles equally as great. There is a Didier Drogba-like style to his game, and it doesn’t need explaining on how that kind of profile would be needed at Chelsea.

Ollie Watkins

Another Premier League star with a Brentford connection could be a key addition to the Blues’ squad next season in the form of former Bees and current Aston Villa striker, Ollie Watkins.

The 27-year-old has been one of the most in-form strikers in the division since Unai Emery’s arrival at Villa and now more than ever, looks ready for a move to the big time. He’s got 14 goals this term and doesn’t look like slowing down in his career.