With Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy all failing in front of goal, Chelsea FC are said to be looking to bring a striker in to Stamford Bridge in January. One of their key targets is said to be Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri of Boca Juniors.
“Chelsea are looking for striking reinforcements in January, and scouts reportedly watched Calleri in action in this week’s friendly with Mexican side Puebla FC, which Boca lost 1-0,” wrote Peter O’Rourke in ESPN FC.
The 22-year-old has had a great season with Boca Juniors after moving from Club Atletico All Boys, and his career seems to have bloomed at La Bombonera.
January move could give Chelsea FC the edge over other suitors
Chelsea FC are not the only ones chasing Calleri’s signature. Stoke City also seem to have had their sights set on the Argentine forward for quite some time now, with Arsenal FC and Inter Milan also scouting the player, according to reports.
However, one thing that could play into Chelsea FC’s hands is the fact that they look like they are prepared to make a move for Calleri in the January transfer window itself, which is not something that the other clubs might be looking to do. This is set to give the West London side a massive edge in landing Calleri.
Boca Juniors to make huge profit from potential sale of Calleri
Scoring 21 goals and providing 11 assists has added to Calleri’s value in the market quite a lot, and Boca Juniors would be smacking their lips at the prospect of the huge amounts of profits that they would rake in from his potential transfer.
While they had bought the player for a paltry sum of a 220,000 from Club Atletico All Boys, Calleri is currently valued at around a 7.5 million (according to Transfermarkt.com). That in itself would mean a profit margin of over 3,000 per cent.
While competition for the forward’s signature means that he could be sold for much higher than his market value, Chelsea FC have never been too shy of coughing up the cash. Also, the fact that the club’s only major signing in summer, Pedro has been struggling, could mean that manager Jose Mourinho might just be prepared to reach deep into owner Roman Abramovich’s pockets to get winter reinforcements.