Chelsea Ready to Splash £55m for Striker Option

Chelsea boss is hot on the trail of fresh striking options that he hopes to bring in during the January transfer window.

The Daily Star claim that the West London side are readying an imminent £35m bid for FC Porto ace Jackson Martinez.

Martinez has been a massive success since moving to Primeira Liga side FC Porto 18 months ago, scoring 43 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions and Jose Mourinho may well feel that the powerful forward is the ideal man to lead his Blues attack.

Chelsea have been outscored by Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City this season and more worryingly of the West London club’s total of 18 Premier League goals only four were provided by the club’s striking complement of Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, a clear indication that the Stamford Bridge side could do with a truly prolific forward to convert chances created by the club’s creative talents.

The Daily Star believe that Mourinho is also on the trail of another in-form striker with the Portuguese boss targeting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The 25 year old Brazilian, who looks set to represent the Spanish national team, has netted a phenomenal 13 goals in 13 La Liga fixtures this season and Diego Simeone may struggle to keep hold of the powerfully built marksman in view of that excellent form.

Atletico Madrid are well known for cashing in on their top performers with the likes of Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and David de Gea all leaving the Vicente Calderon for big fees, Costa could well be the next to do so.

Costa has a £20m release clause that Jose Mourinho appears ready to trigger in response to his own side’s poorly performing attack.

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