Chelsea are in the market to sign two strikers in January, with Roman Abramovich looking to turn his club's season around. The Blues are currently on 16th spot and the lack of firepower up front, with Diego Costa out of form, has been deemed the main reason behind the disappointing results.
According to a Mirror report, Chelsea are looking to offload Costa in January and bring in a quality replacement, something which may prove to be a problem midway through the season. The Blues were reportedly willing to offload the striker as early as last summer given his lack of form in the tail end of their title winning season, but the unavailability of world class replacements and Costa's camaraderie with the team made Jose Mourinho reconsider his decision.
The former Atletico Madrid striker has scored only two goals this season in 10 starts and has made more noise with his antics off the ball than on it. The Spaniard was suspended for three games after being deemed guilty of manhandling Laurent Koscielny in Chelsea's game against Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge. The striker moved into direct confrontation with Arsenal defender Gabriel, who was sent off, leaving the Gunners with 10 men, which ultimately cost them the game.
Chelsea are willing to wait until the summer, should they fail to find ample replacements this January, with Gonzalo Higuain being a possible option in the upcoming transfer window. However, high-flying Napoli are desperate to hold on to their prized player, while Antoine Griezmann at Atletico has signed a new deal with the La Liga club.
The report further states that the squad rejig will happen irrespective of Mourinho's situation, whose future at Chelsea is hanging by a thread following his failure to bring his team back on track. The owners have persisted with the Portuguese man thus far, but availability of any suitable replacement could prove to be the death knell on Mourinho's future at the club. The Blues are keen on a move for Diego Simeone, but the Atletico manager is unlikely to leave the La Liga club midway through the season.