Chelsea have been linked with many strikers so far this summer. Most of which are global stars and household names such as Hulk, Falcao, Llorente, Cavani etc. but could it be a relative unknown, lesser ego that succeeds the great Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge?
Reports are suggesting Chelsea are eyeing a move for Malaga’s 22-year-old hotshot Salomon Rondon, currently valued at £20m.
The Venezuelan is also being eyed by Arsenal and Newcastle but both would struggle to meet Malaga’s valuation meaning Chelsea would be front runners in any race for the player.
The striker is hot property after completing two impressive seasons in La Liga. Rondon has scored 25 goals in 67 appearances for the Spanish side and has all the physical attributes to succeed in the Premier League.
Chelsea reportedly sent scouts to watch the player during a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chile for his country. Rondon would certainly be a surprise buy considering the array of talent Chelsea have been linked with.
Sometimes it is these ‘lesser men’ which succeed better as expectation on arrival is lower. Juan Mata is a prime example, although touted as a great player many hadn’t seen enough of him to make an educated opinion of his ability and therefore the expectations coupled with a low transfer fee mean he was allowed time to settle. Mata had a terrific season and looks a snip now and there is no reason why Rondon wouldn’t be the same.
With Fernando Torres assured of the no.1 striking position next season it is also important for team moral and Torres’ confidence that a big name and big ego isnt sitting on the bench as he won’t be happy which could cause problems but Torres would feel under pressure once more like he did when Drogba was sat on the bench.
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