Chelsea Plot Double Raid for Striker and Midfielder

By Joel Turner IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Mar 16th 2017
 

As Chelsea head inexorably towards another Premier League their plans for a summer recruitment spree are also starting to take shape.

Diego Costa is likely to pursue interest from Chinese football and push through a move in the summer, and with Cesc Fabregas a likely target of AC Milan, Chelsea are in the market for a new midfielder and forward.

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley could well be those players according to reports today. Lukaku is currently refusing to sign a new contract at Everton and the club may well be tempted to cash-in for around £65m. Ross Barkley is likely to cost £30m.

Romelu
Lukaku
versus
Diego Costa
FWDPOSITIONFWD
23Y 10MAGE28Y 5M
6FT 3INHEIGHT6FT 1IN
14ST 11LBWEIGHT13ST 11LB
 
PL | EVE | | CHE | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
26
STARTS
25
2367
MINS
PLAYED
2218
19
GOALS
17
5
ASSISTS
5
7
OPENING
GOALS
6
4
WINNING
GOALS
8
11
HOME
GOALS
8
8
AWAY
GOALS
9
5
HEADED
GOALS
1
L
8
R
5
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
5
R
10
125
MINS
PER GOAL
130
7
TOTAL
3

Diego Costa has been in strong form this season, but Lukaku's stats are even stronger. With one more start he's scored two more goals in the Premier League  - with five headed goals showing the aerial threat that he possesses.

Things are less clear-cut when making a comparison between Fabregas and Barkley. The Spaniard has had far fewer minutes on the pitch this season than Barkley while still managing to generate similar stats.

Ross
Barkley
versusCesc
Fabregas
MIDPOSITIONMID
23Y 3MAGE29Y 10M
6FT 2INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
11ST 13LBWEIGHT11ST 13LB
 
PL | EVE | | CHE | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
24
STARTS
7
2099
MINS
PLAYED
729
4
GOALS
3
7
ASSISTS
7
1
OPENING
GOALS
2
WINNING
GOALS
1
3
HOME
GOALS
2
1
AWAY
GOALS
1
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
1
R
2
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
3
525
MINS
PER GOAL
243
5
TOTAL
4

The Everton man has scored one more goal, but the two players are even with seven assists in the league during this campaign. Three of Barkley's four goals have also come at home, where Everton have been much stronger than when travelling this season.

Despite Fabregas falling out of favour under Antonio Conte's watch this season he is a leading assist maker and will be missed by Chelsea. Irreplaceable? Maybe not, but still a very capable performer on his day and more consistent than Barkley.

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