According to a recent report by the Italian news outlet Il Messaggero, Chelsea are considering making a move to secure the signature of Lazio striker Ciro Immobile before the end of this month or next summer. The same source has also mentioned that the Pensioners’ boss Frank Lampard is looking to recruit a new forward and has identified the Italian as a potential option for his side.
Immobile’s Spectacular Campaign In The Italian First Division
The experienced marksman has enjoyed a brilliant season at the Stadio Olimpico after he put in numerous goal-scoring performances under Simone Inzaghi’s tutelage so far. He has registered 26 goals and five assists in 25 matches for the Italian outfit this term across all competitions.
The 29-year-old has averaged 4.2 shots, 1.8 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Serie A (stats via whoscored). Immobile’s goal-scoring contributions have kept Lazio firmly in the title race, which is an incredible achievement considering Juventus’ recent dominance in the Italian top-flight.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund ace also has a wealth of experience at the international level, making 39 appearances for the Italian national side while scoring ten goals for his nation in the process.
What Will The Italian Attacker Bring To Stamford Bridge?
Immobile is a quick and energetic forward who loves to make well-timed runs with the ball in the final third. He excels at finishing off chances and can score all kinds of goals up top. The Italy international packs a lot of power with his shots and can score a few goals with his head as well. He is also a potent goal-threat from long range so Chelsea can benefit from acquiring a striker of his talents this month.
Even though Tammy Abraham has done remarkably well to bang in 15 goals for the Pensioners this season, the fact remains that Lampard has relied too much on the English youngster to produce the goods week in week out. However, recruiting Immobile could ease Abraham’s goal-scoring workload, which might be enough to help the club clinch a top 4 place at the end of this campaign.
Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for Lampard to go all out in the chase to sign Immobile this month. However, the Chelsea manager will find it challenging to convince Lazio to part ways with their main striker, especially when the Italian side are fighting for the league title. So the West London giants should also explore the possibility of making a move for Immobile next summer when they will stand a better chance of landing the Serie A star.
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