Chelsea Misses Out On Striking Target

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Chelsea target Callum Wilson has signed a new four-year contract to end speculation he could leave Bournemouth.

The Cherries striker was strongly linked with Chelsea in January when Maurizio Sarri was in charge of the club, but the Italian eventually opted for Gonzalo Higuain who joined on six months loan deal.

Wilson scored 14 Premier League goals in 2018-19, as the Cherries finished the season in 14th place, and his links with Chelsea have been over since the club was hit with a transfer ban.

Chelsea have been unable to find a good replacement for Diego Costa, and new boss Frank Lampard will have to make do with the current squad at his disposal – with Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham.

However, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t think Abraham is a better striker than Giroud, and has warned Lampard against playing too many youngsters.

Merson told Sky Sports: “When you are the manager and the younger players are not better than what you already have – which they are not, let’s be honest – are you going to play [Tammy] Abraham over [Olivier] Giroud?

“That’s the problem. Reece James will be special but is he going to take [Cesar] Azpilicueta’s place at moment? I don’t think so.

“If you are Frank and you’re throwing these youngsters in, you still need to finish in the top four. You can’t just bed them in with the season not going great and then all of sudden Frank gets the sack.

“Someone else comes in and reaps all of the benefit with the transfer embargo being lifted – he’ll then have the best job in the world.”

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