Chelsea consider January transfer for PSG striker with intractable problem

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Chelsea are “open” to making a forward splash in the winter window for a PSG forward facing an impossible task in Paris, according to a report.

Chelsea shelled out a club record of £ 97.5million to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge this summer. While the Belgian is yet to quite reach the heights he has reached with Inter Milan, there is no doubt that he will be a key cog in Thomas Tuchel’s machine for years to come.

Lukaku is currently out due to injury alongside compatriot Timo Werner.

The two snipers are the only steadfast senior forwards left on the books. Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham both left for Serie A, while Michy Batshuayi joined Besiktas on loan.

This propelled Kai Havertz to the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack. The German was on the right track as Chelsea squeezed past Southampton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. It showed just how vital proper depth is for clubs competing for multiple honors.

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Maybe with that in mind Goal (citing a Spanish report) claims Chelsea are eyeing PSG’s Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine, 28, left Inter for PSG in 2020 but struggled to find consistent playing time.

If usurping Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI wasn’t difficult enough, Lionel Messi’s arrival gave Icardi an almost impossible barrier to overcome.

As a result, Icardi was tipped to move on. Tottenham and Italian pair Juventus and AC Milan are all said to be excited.

But it is Chelsea who is linked today, the Blues being considered “open” to sanction a raid in January.

Whether Icardi would get the regular starts he seeks at Stamford Bridge is up for debate. Tuchel has sometimes operated with two forwards this season. Although Icardi is not known for his pace of work without a ball.

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Lukaku and Icardi’s first two could present Tuchel with some of the problems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently facing at Manchester United.

The Norwegian has been criticized for selecting too many luxury attackers who contribute little to the defensive side of the game.


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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel v Southampton in October 2021

Neither Chelsea nor Southampton could find a winner as the EFL Cup fifth round draw ended in penalties. While Mason Mount had an effort saved by Fraser Forster, Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone also failed at 12 yards.

As a result, Reece James scored the decisive free kick – just like he did in the previous round.

Tuchel said after the game: “We had last minute changes because three potential starters got injured in training so it wasn’t planned like that and not so many options on the bench.

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“We knew this was the first time we had played together like this and that things would be tough against a team that put so much pressure on you like Southampton. It was like that.

Tuchel expects Cesar Azpilicueta (shoulder) to be in good shape to face Newcastle on Saturday. Andreas Christensen will resume training on Thursday after tooth surgery.

Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek reported some hip discomfort on Monday.

Tuchel said he felt happy to give other players a chance and that “every competition is an important competition”. He added: “The problem is we have another game now in December which is pretty full.”

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