According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing up a move for in-form striker Callum Wilson. The England international currently plays his football at fellow Premier League outfit Bournemouth and has done so since leaving Coventry City back in 2014, with his fine goal-scoring exploits this season seemingly attracting interest from Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.
And that’s because reports suggest that the West Londoners are interested in a reported £35 million move for the 26-year-old, as should Everton manager Marco Silva, as the arrival of the Englishman could prove to be a game-changer for the Toffees in their quest to compete with the Premier League’s top six teams.
Ultimately, while the Merseysiders deserve huge credit for the business they conducted during the summer, it’s painfully clear that Silva is in need of an out-and-out number nine to take Everton to the next level – Richarlison has deputised well in that role, but he is likely to get found out as time goes on.
And with the likes of Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin clearly not up to the task, the Toffees are crying out for that striker to fill the major void in Silva’s team – there is plenty of talent in almost all other areas of the squad other than the forward ranks.
And if Silva is serious about taking the Toffees to the next level, and thus seeking to compete with the division’s best sides in years to come, it’s a gap he simply has to plug, with Bournemouth’s Wilson the man for the job.
The 26-year-old has been an absolute revelation for the Cherries this season with a staggering eight goals and six assists in just 16 Premier League appearances for Eddie Howe’s side – Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane (both nine) are the only Englishmen to have scored more in the league than the Bournemouth front man.
Add that to the eight goals he netted for the South Coast club last term, and indeed the six in 20 league appearances the campaign before, and Wilson has more than proven his worth at Premier League in the last few years – there’s a reason he earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad last month.
Yes, Sarri’s Chelsea are also in dire need for striking reinforcements given neither Alvaro Morata nor Olivier Giroud have fully convinced of their capabilities this season, but Everton’s concern is far more pressing – while Chelsea at least have some accomplished number nines, Everton simply don’t.
The Toffees clearly have the financial clout to compete with the Blues in the transfer window, having broken their transfer record in each of the last two summers, and the reported £35 million price-tag on Wilson would certainly be worth it in their quest to compete with the Premier League big boys.
Everton and Chelsea fans… what do you think? Let us know!