Opinion: Chelsea should rekindle their interest in Real Madrid striker
Chelsea have been linked with a summer move for either RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner or Lyon’s Moussa Dembele but the Blues should consider reported Real Madrid’s offer for Luka Jovic.
Frank Lampard will likely need another striker for next season, as Olivier Giroud has rejected the club’s contract extension offer according to Calcio Mercato)
Although already having Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi suggests striking options appear to be the least of Lampard’s worries, the latter’s performances have not really been convincing.
Batshuayi has scored six goals in all competitions this term but Giroud has taken the place ahead of him in the pecking order. The 33-year-old started the last six games, as Tammy had been struggling with injuries.
Bringing in either of Werner or Dembele would be a great addition for Chelsea, as it will provide competition for Abraham. But it also means Chelsea will have to use a large chunk of their budget.
Lyon reportedly slapped an £83million price tag on Dembele, who has scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 this season.
It would not be a surprise if Leipzig would want a similar fee or even a bigger one for Werner who has an impressive record of 21 goals in 25 appearances in Bundesliga.
Real Madrid’s Jovic could be a cheaper option.
Real Madrid are reportedly looking to sell Jovic
The La Liga giants reportedly offered the under-performing striker to Chelsea after just one season at Santiago Bernabeu (Metro).
The 22-year-old has scored only two goals in La Liga, but he also started just four games and the report suggested Madrid are looking for potential buyers for the Serbian forward.
Jovic joined Madrid for a reported fee of €60m (£52.4m) after a brilliant season at Eintracht Frankfurt. He scored a remarkable 27 goals in all competitions.
2️⃣6️⃣ goals this season
9️⃣ in the Europa League
Luka Jovic is the real deal!
Chelsea go a goal down to Frankfurt and the stadium ERUPTS 🔥 pic.twitter.com/q4yVkj87aA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2019
Chelsea fans must have been familiar with how ruthless Jovic is in front of the goal. He scored both Frankfurt’s goals against Chelsea in last season’s Europa League semi-final.
Chelsea were reportedly after him but lost out to Real Madrid as the Blues were under FIFA’s transfer ban last summer.
Now that it seems the transfer hasn’t quite worked, either for Real Madrid or for Jovic, Chelsea should rekindle their interest in the striker.