Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea could move for Edinson Cavani, admitting he has ‘always loved’ the Uruguay international.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has asked to leave the French giants in this window, with Atletico Madrid confident of securing his signature.
But Chelsea, too, are in the market for another striker with Olivier Giroud expected to leave this month – and Michy Batshuayi short of goals.
‘He’s a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goal scoring record speaks for itself,’ Lampard said on Monday.
‘I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many other players out there.’
Tammy Abraham has carried the torch for Chelsea this season but goals have been their problem in recent months – particularly at home.
Chelsea have been burnt in recent windows, with older strikers such as Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Gonzalo Higuain struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
But Lampard said sprinkling his young squad with experience is something that he would not rule out.
‘I think we are young, and we know about the transitions. The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from,’ he said.
‘Sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that’s the case then that may help us.’
Lampard also said moves to take both Giroud and Victor Moses away from Stamford Bridge were ongoing but yet to be sealed.
Without them, Chelsea’s push for a top-four place continues with the visit of Arsenal on Tuesday night.
Young defender Reece James could feature after his knee injury was not as bad as Chelsea first feared. Marcos Alonso is also available again.
‘They’re a good team, (Mikel Arteta) is a good coach and he does deserve and will get time to get it right. Already he’s had an effect and I’m under no illusions about how tough the game will be.’
He added: ‘What I do know when I come up against them is that they are a good team with good players who can hurt you. You have seen a bit of a change since Arteta came in with their performances and we felt that in the first 30 minutes at the Emirates particularly, so we must be on our guard and at our best.’