The FOUR strikers Chelsea could sign this summer if transfer ban is overturned

It remains to be seen whether the manager will still be there after next week’s Europa League final and they face the grim prospect of not being able to strengthen because of a two-window transfer ban for breaching rules around signing young players.

The club insists they will do all they can to get the decision overturned or at least delayed so they can bring in some new players – and there is no doubt that they need some fresh blood.

Weaknesses in almost every area of the squad have been exposed this term but it is in attack where they have struggled badly.

With just 63 Premier League goals, the Blues were outscored by all of their top-six rivals.

Gonzalo Higuain struggled to settle after arriving in January on loan and could now be sent back to Italy and, while Olivier Giroud has been prolific in Europe, Sarri does not trust him to play regularly in the league.

Add to that the imminent departure of top-scorer and star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and Chelsea have a potentially big problem.

The likes of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi could return from their respective loan spells to aid their cause but questions remain over their ability to lead the line for a genuine title challenger.

Here, Express Sport looks at four strikers who could come in if they can get their ban overturned or delayed.

MAURO ICARDI (Inter Milan)

To say the Argentine is unsettled would be an understatement.

Icardi has long been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge and now could be the time to make it happen as speculation surrounding his future refuses to go away.

He possesses all the qualities to be a big hit in the Premier League and, although he is shorter than your typical target man at 5ft 11, his jumping reach belies his height and an incredible eye for goal is rivalled only by the best strikers in the business.

Seventeen goals last season marks his least prolific campaign since 2009-10 but he has been in and out of the side and would arrive as a ready-made star.

At 26 years old, Icardi is entering the prime of his career so it would probably take a bid of at least £80million to get him.

But Chelsea can expect to get at least that for Hazard and using the money on an elite striker makes complete sense given their troubles in front of goal.

CALLUM WILSON (Bournemouth)

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has already admitted that Chelsea are huge admirers of the England international.

And it is easy to see why. Wilson, 27, scored 14 Premier League goals in 2018-19 despite a campaign that was blighted by injury.

He is quick and powerful and looks primed to make the step up to a big-six club.

Chelsea could be the perfect fit if they are willing to fork out in the region of £50m.

WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)

Perhaps not the out-and-out striker Chelsea fans might be looking for but Zaha has proven his ability to lead the line at Crystal Palace.

The Ivorian, 26, has just had the most prolific campaign of his career after netting 10 times in the Premier League and could play through the middle for Sarri, who appears to favour a versatile frontman.

Hazard has been used as a false nine repeatedly this season and the Italian turned Dries Martens from a winger into one of Europe’s leading marksmen

He could do the same with Zaha while his ability to play in a number of positions means he could also fill in on either flank when required.

Zaha would almost certainly be keen as he has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League and it is understood he would prefer to stay in London if he does leave Palace.

NICOLAS PEPE (Lille)

Pepe is set to be one of the most in-demand attackers in Europe this summer

Like Zaha, Pepe has not always played through the middle this season but he looks destined for a career as a central striker.

Only PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe could better his return of 22 Ligue 1 goals this term as he won the Marc-Vivien Foe Award for the best African player in the French top flight.

With frightening pace and a 6ft frame, Pepe would be a massive coup for the Blues who might need to act quickly with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United all reportedly waiting in the wings to sign him.

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