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Chelsea looking to buy young Boca Juniors striker -- report

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With the recent rumours about Radamel Falcao wanting to leave Chelsea in January -- and already finding suitors in the process -- it would be obvious that we would look for replacements in our "one in, one out" transfer window approach. And if reports from Argentina are to be believed, Chelsea have set their sights on potentially having Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri fill in for the disappointing veteran.

Calleri has played alongside former Juventus striker Carlos Tevez and was Boca's main player before Tevez's arrival. So far, Calleri has scored 10 goals in 25 matches in the Argentinian league while sharing the striking burden with the best player in the Americas.

As for Calleri's style of play, he might be the epitome of a poacher. He prefers to stick to the central areas as it is where he's most likely to get a good chance to score. Outside the box, his off the ball movement is subpar, at best.  At 5'10'', he's not exactly tall but he's still a threat in the air. His main strength would be his opportunism and his finishing ability. He's almost always making the right runs to connect crosses in the box, and with his right foot he's capable of finishing chances like this one.

But Calleri looks far from a Chelsea-ready player. Even though he's Boca Juniors main goalscorer, he seems to be more of a player who fits Boca's system and dominance at the local level rather than a difference-maker. While he might become the next Radamel Falcao, who also had a similar status and playing style in Argentina before leaving for Europe, such a gamble in the middle of the season makes little sense, even if it is just to fill a need in our squad (which could possibly be filled by other prospects as well; Patrick Bamford anyone?).

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