The battering handed out to Chelsea by Manchester City in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of the Barclays Premier League champions seem to have opened the eyes of the Chelsea board and manager to the reality that they could end up without a silverware if they fail to make some important signings.
Manager Jose Mourinho wants to bolster his attack before the transfer window closes in roughly two week after their torpid start to the season. Therefore, some top qualify forwards have been pinpointed.
Pedro’s transfer to Manchester United have swiftly been hijacked by Mourinho who reportedly masterminded the feat after a phone call to the Spain international winger yesterday, and Atletico Madrid’s whiz Antoine Griezmann also remains a top priority.
However, Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandre Lacazette is also on the radar if Chelsea are unable to strike a deal with the Spanish outfit for Griezmann, reports the Daily Star.
Liverpool and Arsenal are also understood to be eyeing a move for the striker who has reportedly been told by Lyon manager Hubert Fournier that he will be allowed to leave the Stade Gerland if he wishes, albeit the 24-year old just extended his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit until 2019.
As per Daily Star, Lacazette is worth £21m, but Chelsea could beat down that price by including Loic Remy in the deal – something the west London club are reportedly considering.
Lacazette, 24, had his best season with the Ligue 1 outfit last term scoring, 31 goal in all competitions, and 28 goals came in the Ligue 1. He helped Les Gones seriously challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 crown but they eventually finish second behind the Paris-based side.
The 24-year old finished as Ligue 1 top goal scorer last season, and also won the Ligue 1 player of the year.
Signing Lacazette could help solve one of Jose Mourinho’s huge problems, with Diego Costa out of form, Loic Remy not really impressing Mourinho and Radamel Falcao only signed as a back-up option.