If Chelsea’s transfer ban is suspended or lifted in the upcoming hearing, the position they will surely be looking to strengthen first is their forward line.
Olivier Giroud’s future is uncertain, with his contract running out this summer, while Gonzalo Higuain has not proved a big success.
There are not too many big name forwards on the market this year, and if Chelsea miss out on the Champions League again they may want to buy a stopgap for a lower fee. Luka Jovic is unlikely to pick Barcelona over us if we’re in the Europa League again.
In that case, Wissam Ben Yedder would be a perfect choice. He is mobile and hard-working, but is a clever poacher too. He would be able to interchange well with the wingers in Sarri’s system while also appearing in the box to finish chances.
His 26 goals in all competitions this season shows he the has the scoring instinct we need, and at 28 he’s got plenty left in the tank.
As he plays in Spain, he has a fixed release clause too, which would stop Sevilla holding us to ransom over his case.
Then we just have to hope the France international fires us back into Europe’s top competition, allowing us to finally make a big money move in the summer of 2020.