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Chelsea add Victor Gyökeres to January striker shortlist — report

Goal-man cometh?

Vitoria Guimaraes v Sporting CP - Liga Portugal Betclic Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Chelsea’s January transfer activities are, once again and possibly forever, expected to be centered around the center forward position. But while Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney have been the two names steadily linked for some time now, neither look all that likely at the moment — and not just because of the expected nine-figure sums it would take to get them.

Toney is probably too “old” at this point at 27 (not to mention coming off of long-term suspension) and Osimhen has reportedly just agreed to a new contract extension with Napoli to make his potential exit even more complicated, and expensive.

But fear not, there is a former Brighton player (calma, Todd, calma) just ready-made for this situation! Come on down, Viktor Gyökeres.

That’s right, the former Coventy City striker currently setting the Portuguese league alight was on Brighton’s books from 2017 to 2021, signed (pre-Potter) from the Swedish second division at just 19, after winning the Golden Boot at the U19 Euros with Sweden. And while he didn’t quite make the grade at the time — 8 appearances all told, with just 1 goal before joining Coventry — he blossomed into a regular goalscorer in the Championship (38 goals in his two full seasons) and has an eyebrow-raising 15 in 18 for Sporting CP in all competitions this season. And he’s still just 25, so he meets our filtering criteria, too!

Unfortunately, as per the Evening Standard, the 6’2” Gyökeres also has a rather high £87m release clause, but we’re unlikely to find any great deals on “non-project” players in January...

(Also, as suggested by the last name, he’s got Hungarian ancestry, and we’re all quite priceless, don’tchaknow...)

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