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Chelsea may go for Saudi League striker Roberto Firmino as backup

Roberto Firmino

Chelsea has been presented with an opportunity to acquire a new forward this month. He experienced past success at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea seems to be actively seeking a new attacking addition in the January transfer window. That is due to their current mid-table position after a disappointing first half of the Premier League campaign. Scoring goals consistently has been a challenge. With Chelsea currently ranking eighth in terms of goals scored in the league.

Several strikers have been associated with potential moves to London in 2024, and it appears that Napoli star Victor Osimhen is a primary target for Chelsea. However, securing a move for the Nigerian, currently participating in the Africa Cup of Nations alongside Nicolas Jackson, may prove challenging this month. Despite this, Osimhen is reportedly receptive to a move to Chelsea.

Consequently, Chelsea and Todd Boehly might explore short-term solutions for the second half of the season. The club has purportedly received offers for five forwards, among them Greece international Vangelis Pavlidis, who has been impressing at AZ Alkmaar. Another forward has been there in their eyes as a potential backup. This time hailing from the Saudi Pro League.

Will Chelsea benefit from acquiring Firmino?

As per HITC journalist Graeme Bailey, the Blues has received an offer to acquire Al-Ahli striker Roberto Firmino. The former Liverpool striker is there in the list alongside former Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic. Chelsea is reportedly exploring options in Saudi Arabia due to the relationship between the club’s owners, Clearlake, and PIF. They cuurently own the four largest clubs in the Pro League.

Roberto Firmino, now 32, departed England last summer after an eight-year stint at Anfield. As per reports, he is earning a salary of £315,000 per week with Al-Ahli.

Should a short-term deal materialize, either Firmino or Mitrovic would bring ample experience in English football to Chelsea. As the transfer window progresses without any forward additions, Stamford Bridge might increasingly consider options in Saudi Arabia.

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