Report: Chelsea interested in Lazio striker Ciro Immobile

Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile. Italian outlet Il Messaggero has claimed that the Blues are weighing up a move for the forward either this month or in the summer.

Frank Lampard has made it clear that he wants to make some additions to his forward line this month. The Blues are lacking something going forward and could do with some backup for Tammy Abraham. He cannot drag the team to victory every week and needs others to chip in with more goals.

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Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are not considered good enough understudies and could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge this month. That would leave Chelsea with one senior striker, which is not enough. This is where Immobile would come in.

The Lazio hitman has scored an extremely impressive 23 goals in just 19 league appearances this year. He is cementing his place as one of Europe’s best strikers and would seriously improve the attacking threat Chelsea poses.

The Italian club will not be keen on losing their star-man, but a move to England with Champions League football could prove to be too tempting to turn down for the 29-year-old.

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Immobile would no doubt improve Chelsea’s attacking threat. His record in Serie A is unrivaled and his skillset gives him a great chance of adapting well to the English game.

He would not come cheap but the return on investment would be very high. The only problem is that he and Abraham are unlikely to play in a two together. One of them will lose their starting spot, which will not go down well. Both are players that deserve to be starting for top European clubs. Lampard should think carefully about the implications of a move.

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