Chelsea have been linked with a January move for Bournemouth striker Wilson Callum, who is rated at about £30 million.
According to reports, Bournemouth are planning for the exit for the England striker after signing Dominic Solanke from Liverpool.
Paul Merson believes Chelsea are making a move for the wrong striker. According to Merson, Chelsea should be making a move for West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic and not Wilson.
Merson believes Arnautovic is a proven Premier League goalscorer.
“I’m not surprised Maurizio Sarri has demanded a striker this week because they need one badly and they could probably get Wilson from Bournemouth for £30m,” Merson told Daily Star.
“He’s a willing runner and he would help them stretch the game.
“At the moment it’s all so slow and predictable and the whole game is being played in a 30-yard space.
“There is no movement at all and everyone just stays in their own position, so it’s easy for teams to stop and it could cost Chelsea a top-four finish.
“Wilson would help because he makes good runs and he’s scoring goals right now.
“Olivier Giroud is just a target man and he’s injured anyway.
“As for Alvaro Morata, I honestly don’t know what he does. I don’t know what the Spaniard gives you – and Eden Hazard is just not a striker.
“But as much as Wilson would help, I don’t think he’s the answer. He’s a good stop-gap but he’s not going to guarantee you top four.
“West Ham’s star man Arnautovic might, though. He is a proven goalscorer and he gives you something different.
“He can make things happen and do something special.
“His agent has been making noises about him leaving as well and Chelsea could probably get him for £40m because of his age.
“They’ve just spent nearly £60m on Christian Pulisic.
“You pay for potential these days but he’s just a kid and he’s not coming until the summer anyway. He might be a big hit for Chelsea one day.
“But they need players now, not for three years’ time. They should go for Arnautovic.”
Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic this month but loaned him back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season.
Merson believes Pulisic was signed to replace Eden Hazard, who could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
“I think they’ve bought Pulisic because they know Hazard is off in the summer and they’re starting to plan for the future without him,” Merson added.
“I’d be shocked if Hazard was still at Chelsea next season. The way he’s playing, you just know Real Madrid are going to come in for him.
“If he really wanted to stay he’d have signed a new contract by now, but he hasn’t.
“Pulisic is a good player. He did well for the USA against England and has been doing well in Germany.
“But Chelsea signed him now because they knew that if they waited until after Hazard goes, Borussia Dortmund would have charged them extra.
“Trouble is you are buying potential. He might come in and be quality. He might not. You just don’t know.
“Losing Hazard should terrify Chelsea fans. He’s their whole team at the minute.
“You’d have to spend £80m to get someone anywhere near as good. Will they do that? Who knows?”