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Chelsea Transfer Watch: Four targets to solve Sarri's striker conundrum

At this point in the season, a top four finish is Chelsea's most realistic goal. This stems from the team's lack of a real focal point in the first half of the Premier League campaign – Eden Hazard may be running the show but he's just one man, he needs his teammates to finish the chances he conjures for them lest his well thought-out passes and crosses will continue to be in vain.

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud simply aren't good enough to lead the line although, Giroud has proven to be a great option for cup games and even important matches where the team needs a proper target man up front for crosses. So whilst he's not particularly good enough to start games, he's likely to be retained as a back-up striker.

With all that said, here are four players who could realistically make a move to Chelsea in January:

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain is one of the best strikers to have graced Europe over the past decade.

He's a consistent performer who has got all the attributes a striker should have. Standing at 6'1 and boasting of great jumping ability, Higuain is able to win aerial duels against strong defenders and score some fantastic headers.

The 31-year-old is also a great finisher – present him with goalscoring opportunities and he'll give you goals – Chelsea haven't truly had such a player since Diego Costa returned to Atletico Madrid.

Despite Higuain's lack of blistering pace, the Argentine striker is able to get himself into goalscoring positions thanks to his intelligent movement in and out of the box. He's always looking to get on the end of attacking moves – a trait that has helped him flourish in La Liga and the Serie A.

Chelsea are reportedly close to agreeing a swap deal with AC Milan for Higuain in a deal that will result in Morata going to the San Siro. The Argentine has bagged just five goals in 14 league appearances for Milan, but that is primarily due to the team's poor form in general.

Krzysztof Piatek

Krzysztof Piatek has gone from being a relatively unknown player to one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe this season.

He currently sits atop the Serie A top scorers chart having bagged 13 goals in 17 appearances – one more goal than Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo which is phenomenal considering Genoa have scored just 25 league goals this season, meaning Piatek's tally constitutes about 50% of his side's goals.

Piatek has been dubbed the next Robert Lewandowski as his style of play is similar to that of the Bayern Munich goal machine.

Genoa are unlikely to let him leave for cheap, though, so Chelsea will have to splash the cash should they be keen on acquiring Piatek's services.

Sebastian Haller

Sebastian Haller has enjoyed a magnificent season at Eintracht Frakfurt thus far, having bagged nine goals and registered eight assists in 17 appearances. The Frenchman has also notched three goals and three assists in the Europa League, helping his side to a clash against Shaktar Donestk in the competition's first knockout round.

Haller has made it clear that he's open to a Premier League move should a good offer arrive for his services, so should Chelsea come calling, he's likely to answer.

The 24-year-old has got the skillset needed at Stamford Bridge – he's a good finisher, great at holding up play and laying the ball off for overlapping wingers.

Callum Wilson

Chelsea need not look further than the Premier League's very own Callum Wilson in their search for a striker.

The Bournemouth man has been in superb form since the start of the season scoring eight goals and making five assists in 17 league starts.

Wilson, 26, has utilised his pace and trickery quite well this season scoring some magnificent goals.

The Englishman is good in the air, capable of running in behind and also dribbling his way past defenders. He would be an excellent addition to Chelsea's set-up in January especially considering the Premier League experience he has under his belt.

Phillip Ekuwem
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