Why former Arsenal and Liverpool striker target is just what Chelsea need

Loic Remy

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a swoop to sign QPR striker Loic Remy after failed moves to Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Blues have been busy this summer, bringing in Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba, as manager Jose Mourinho looks to win trophies having ended his first season back in charge at Stamford Bridge without silverware.

The problem last season was clear; a lack of goals. Strikers Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres all struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis last season, and with the first two gone and the latter linked with an exit, it's clear that Mourinho wasn't happy with his options in attack.

Whilst Costa and Drogba have both been snapped up, it seems the overhaul could continue after reports linked Chelsea with a move to sign Loic Remy from West London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

The French international, 27, impressed during a loan spell with Newcastle United last season, scoring 13 goals for the Magpies before heading off to the World Cup with France. Since then, former Marseille star Remy has seen moves to both Arsenal and Liverpool collapse over either money or medicals, leaving him at Loftus Road – though surely he won't be there much longer.

Now, Chelsea could cap off their attacking transfer business with the capture of Remy, having just sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28m. Remy would cost around £8.5m, and add a totally different dimension to the Blues attack.

Costa may have hit 35 goals for Atletico Madrid last season, but there are still question marks over him after a poor World Cup for Spain, and he may take time to adjust to the Premier League. Meanwhile, Drogba comes back to Chelsea aged 36, and far from the player he used to be. Both players are predominantly physical centre forwards, so the addition of some pace to bring off the bench would be much welcomed.

That's where Remy would come in. The speedy striker would be able to get in behind defences and offer much needed balance alongside Costa or Drogba. He may not be a big name signing by any stretch of the imagination, but for what Chelsea need, Remy could be a bargain for £8.5m.

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