Chelsea are leading the race to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse, if reports from Russian broadcaster Match TV are to be believed.
Niasse is in outstanding form in the Russian capital, netting 13 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season and his impressive form is said to have compelled Chelsea’s new interim manager Guus Hiddink to make a move for the 25-year-old Senegalese attacker this month.
Niasse, who impressed everyone in Turkey and Norway before joining Lokomotiv Moscow, could be sold for as little as €5 million, but as the transfer window just opened it is believed the Russian club would demand a higher fee. Also interest from Everton and Aston Villa may drive the asking price up, as the pair willing to fight with Chelsea for the Senegalese.
Niasse’s ability to score consistently has attracted top clubs from Europe and Chelsea don’t want to lose the chance to sign such a goalscoring talent. Their top scorer in Premier League till now this season has been the controversial Diego Costa, who has netted only five times.
There are also lot of rumours linking several Chelsea players with a departure from Stamford Bridge this month or in the summer, so Hiddink wants a long-term recruit who can score in every match.
Italian giants Juventus have been linked with a move for Oscar who is not in a good form and there is a slight possibility that the Italian champions might tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.
However, one man who seems far more likely to leave the club is Loic Remy, who has been highly linked a lot of Premier League sides, including Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Monaco also eyeing the striker after failed to tempt Radamel Falcao, who they have loaned to Chelsea for the season, back to his parent club. Remy managed to play only eight Premier League matches this term, scoring just one goal.
Another transfer rumour suggesting that Hiddink has decided to bring back Christian Atsu from his season-long loan at Bournemouth, to ship him out again in order to raise more fund.
Atsu has struggled with back to back injuries and fitness problem since joining Bournemouth in the summer and has played just two Capital One Cup fixtures.