The £8m striker Chelsea should move for in the summer ahead of Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele
Chelsea are set to make their move in the transfer market in the summer.
Having had a FIFA embargo placed upon them last summer, and a self-imposed lack of activity in the January transfer window, supporters at Stamford Bridge will be expecting their side to be busy this summer.
They have already announced one signing – Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech will become a Chelsea player on July 1 after the two clubs agreed a deal in the region of £36million.
Jadon Sancho is another name that has been heavily linked, while there are sure to be any number of strikers tipped to move to west London, given that was an area head coach Frank Lampard was keen to strengthen in January, but ultimately failed to do so.
Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are expected to move on come the summer window, which would leave Tammy Abraham as the only recognised striker on the books.
Chelsea were linked with a number of strikers in January, namely Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner and Dries Mertens, but none were signed.
The Blues are expected to go back in for Werner and Dembele in the summer, but is there another name they should be looking at instead?
His name is Ciro Immobile.
The Lazio striker is the top scorer in Serie A this season with 25 goals in 23 appearances. Not only that, but he is fifth on the assists league table in the Italian top flight too with six for the season.
That means he has a goal involvement every 62 minutes in the Italian league – an astonishing feat.
He also has two goals in four appearances in the Europa League for Lazio and three goals in four games for Italy.
And this form is not exactly new, either.
The 29-year-old has amassed 114 goals in 164 appearances for Lazio since joining in a deal worth a reported £8million from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
Immobile’s goals and assists have helped Lazio to within one point of Juventus and Inter Milan at the top of Serie A and looks set to take the Rome club into the Champions League next season.
And that could make a move anywhere problematic, with the striker returning to Europe’s biggest and best competition with the Italian outfit.
His impressive form was laid out in a graphic by Squakwa, with the help of data analysts Opta. Immobile’s goal involvement return is far superior to that of any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, with only Lionel Messi, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho coming close to his stats.