1) Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain’s side missed out on the Champions League last summer which made many think he’d be on the move. He ended up staying with the Naples based club and has been in good form this season with nine goals in 12 Serie A games. Higuain is a proven goal scorer at every level and has worked with Jose Mourinho before when the two were at Real Madrid. Given that the club are not in the Champions League Higuain could be added to Chelsea’s squad assuming they qualify for the next round of the competition. This might prompt Chelsea to move for him in January, rather than waiting for the summer.
2) Javier Hernandez
Chelsea have been linked with Hernandez a few times over the years but the rumours have since returned to prominence. A proven goal scorer in the Premier League and Europe Hernandez would certainly add another dimension. He’s been on good form since joining Bayer Leverkuson. He is however very limited in his approach and is not the sort of player who can lead the line like Diego Costa. He’d be more of a squad player, rather than a regular option up front. Hernandez is someone the club would approach as a back up, not as a first choice forward option.
3) Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann was linked with Chelsea in the summer having had a great debut season with Atletico Madrid. Griezmann scored 22 goals for the Spanish side and filled the void left by Diego Costa. Not quite an out and out striker but more a support player its difficult to see whether he’d be able to replace Costa out–right. He’s more nuanced than the physical presence that Costa provides, even if he is still a goal threat. Chelsea require a forward who can hustle and bully players to spear head the attack, signing Griezmann would then require an overall shift in tactics.