Chelsea are reportedly in the market for a new striker after failing to create clear-cut chances in the second half against West Ham United.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun has been contacted with the young United States forward keen on moving to west London.
Crystal Palace and even Tottenham have been linked to the striker in the past and Monaco have already had a £34million bid rejected for the striker this summer.
Noni Madueke’s deflected shot was the only chance the Blues hit the target against a 10-player West Ham United team that had failed to hold on to a lead against Bournemouth the previous weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are now under pressure to take all three points against newly promoted side Luton Town this Friday but manager Pochettino admits the striker situation at the club is not that easy to solve. “It is a difficult situation because we have two strikers in Nkunku and Broja but they are injured,” Pochettino told the press after the defeat to West Ham.
“It is not easy at this moment to find the right profile. We are in the process of working to see if we can add some players in this area.”
Chelsea’s injury record is piling up with Carney Chukwuemeka the latest to join the likes of Christopher Nkunku and captain Reece James.
Pochettino admits the board is doing everything possible to add to the squad even though he is keeping an eye on in-house solutions too.
He added: “For sure, they are working really hard to add some players. If it is not possible, we need to wait until Nkunku and Broja will be ready and we have the help of Mason [Burstow].”