Chelsea transfer news: Blues NEED to strengthen in ONE area – 'He isn't mobile enough!'


Combined, Chelsea strikers this season have notched just 12 Premier League goals.

Since Gonzalo Higuain was brought in on loan in January, he’s only managed to score on four occasions.

Chelsea’s big problem, however, is that they have a FIFA transfer ban looming over their head – something that could see them prohibited from buying players this summer, as well as next January.

Star man Eden Hazard could also leave the club, as he’s been linked with Real Madrid since last summer.

It’s been reported that both Chelsea and Real will formalise the deal by making an announcement after the Blues’ Europa League final with Arsenal on May 29.

And Smith believes both Eden Hazard’s situation and the transfer ban will be the biggest factors in how Chelsea’s summer window unfolds.

“Much will depend on whether Hazard goes and they have the transfer ban. I wouldn’t imagine they would be looking to replace Hazard directly as they have Callum Hudson-Odoi coming back and Christian Pulisic joining already,” he told Sky Sports.

“The centre-forward position is the area I think. I don’t think Gonzalo Higuain is the answer, he is not mobile enough, and Maurizio Sarri doesn’t seem to have much faith in Olivier Giroud.”

Smith also stated that new signing Christian Pulisic needs to settle as quickly as possible before laying out a possible defensive headache for manager Maurizio Sarri.

“Defensively they have Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz, so do they stick with them and hold Andreas Christensen, who has been out of the frame under Sarri?” he added.

“There’s not too much that needs doing. If Pulisic settles, which isn’t a given, then that will give them some good pace and width.”

Chelsea also have a decision to make on four loan players this summer in Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

“Of course if they can’t make any transfers they will have to bring players back who are on loan. What will happen with Tammy Abraham? That could be an interesting one,” Smith said.

“There’s talk about Aston Villa wanting to sign him if they go up but Chelsea might want to see if he can do it back at Stamford Bridge and he has probably earned his chance.

“I don’t see them being able to catch up with Liverpool or Manchester City in one transfer window. A lot depends on who the manager is.

“The players don’t seem to have too much faith in Sarri and training isn’t the most interesting. So if you haven’t got a positive atmosphere then you are going to struggle.”


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