Trio lined-up by Stamford Bridge club.
Chelsea have lined up Theo Walcott, Willian and Miralem Pjanic to replace Daniel Sturridge, according to Goal.com.
The Blues want a proven winger to supplement their attacking players should Sturridge leave, as expected, for Liverpool in a £12million January move.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Whilst it’s easy to see why Chelsea are on the look out for alternative striking options, it is hard to fathom why the Blues are targeting a new attacking midfielder or winger, given the mass of options currently available to boss Rafa Benitez.
There is an argument that Miralem Pjanic and Willian may be long-term replacement options for veteran Frank Lampard. But the England man is not playing much of an active role in the Chelsea first team at present anyhow.
The 34-year-old, who is wanted by LA Galaxy, has made just four Premier League starts, the last of which was more than two months ago.
The likes of Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Ramires are available to fill central roles, while the departure of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool will not affect Chelsea’s first-team, given that the 23-year-old has only made one Premier League start this season.
Of the three targets named, Shakhtak Donetsk’s Willian is the player who has been on the Blues’ radar for the longest. The Brazilian may be keen on a move to the Premier League side but given his current club have booked a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League, the 24-year-old may not wish to leave next month.
Theo Walcott has begun to receive the starting spot up-front that he is said to be clamouring for and if Arsenal make a wage offer nearer to that which the Gunners attacker is demanding, then it’s possible that the former Southampton man will elect to stick with the North London club.
Pjanic also had issues related to his position at Roma but recent effective displays would appear to suggest that the Bosnian is now happy to stick it out at the Stadio Olimpico.
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