Chelsea target Dybala not the only Euro striker worth an interest

Chelsea fans can be forgiven for getting carried away when the Palermo president hinted that Blues target Pablo Dybala’s time at the Sicilian club is coming to an end, but is he the right man for the Premier League champs to be pursuing?

Maurizio Zamparini has stated that “at least three teams are really interested in him”, and went further to say that::

“The apple is ripe and we’re ready to pick it.”

While 13 goals in the Italian top flight is not to be sniffed at, there are plenty of other candidates for a switch to the big time this season.

Though not all of this trio are likely to be Chelsea bound, all three could be set for better things in the next campaign.

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon

Another striker that his current employers have hinted his future may lie away from the club, Lacazette has been a major player in Les Gones’ challenge on the Champions League.

With 27 goals in 31 games in Ligue 1 this season, Chelsea are reportedly interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge, but will have competition from Liverpool and Manchester City.

He would likely cost around the same as Dybala should he join the Pensioners, but with a goal returned every 106 minutes on the pitch, he could bring about a better scoring ratio than the one-in-228-minutes Argentinean.

Domenico Berardi – Sassuolo

The 20-year-old’s goals have gone a long way to ensuring Sassuolo’s passage into Serie A and ensuring they stayed there in the last two seasons.

Goals against Fiorentina, and Inter Milan and Genoa show that the Italian under-21 international can cut it against some of the better sides in the division, and he could be ready to step up from the northern Italian side.

The likes of Juventus, Arsenal and the aforementioned Nerazzuri have reportedly shown an interest in his signature, but with a fee of around £12m mooted, he wouldn’t come cheap.

Mark Uth – Heerenveen

He probably won’t be a Chelsea target, but many of the Premier League’s mid-table clubs could do far worse than to look at De Superfriezen’s German striker.

His 15 goals this season have seen his club continue to challenge for the Europa League places, but his 10 assists throughout the Eredivisie campaign have highlighted another side to his game.

Transfermarkt have his value at just £1.54m, so even with the well-documented stories of strikers flopping after swapping the Dutch league for the Premier League, he looks low risk.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.