Chelsea have had a habit of reinforcing squads with veteran strikers over the past decade or so, with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, and Olivier Giroud coming to mind as crucial older signings who made a telling impact in our never-ending quests for trophies. (And we also did something similar in defense this past summer by signing Thiago Silva.)
The latest signing along those lines could be Manchester City legend Sergio Agüero, who will become a free agent after this season but surely has plenty to give yet. He will turn 33 this summer, but several top teams retain interest in him, including Barcelona, Juventus, and Chelsea. And according to Argentinian outlet TyC Sports, Chelsea seem to be winning this “arm wrestling match” at the moment.
Agüero has been limited by a few injuries in recent years and has been restricted to just 15 appearances this season, scoring just 3 goals, but he maintain ambitions of playing in the World Cup (still set to take place November next year) and wants to play in a top competitive league — a situation not dissimilar to Thiago Silva’s.
With Olivier Giroud set to leave, Tammy Abraham seemingly well out of favor, and neither Timo Werner nor Kai Havertz proving a consistent source of goals this season, signing a striker may not be as silly of a rumor as it might have been a few months ago. And if Chelsea can’t win the ultimate prize in Erling Haaland, perhaps we can make do with Agüero for a season or two?