News today that Chelsea could join the race to sign QPR striker Loic Remy in the summer, when his season-long loan deal ends at Newcastle United.
Loic Remy – in action for Newcastle this season
Loic’s had a tremendous season at Newcastle, and he has scored an impressive 13 goals in his 24 appearances, and Loic is currently out injured with a calf injury, and he’s already being missed by the Tyneside club.
The 27 year-old proved while he was at QPR a year ago – 6 goals in 14 appearances – and at Newcastle this season, that he is one of the Premier League’s top strikers, and last week he said it was his hope to join one of the five biggest clubs in Europe.
Arsenal were the first big London club to be linked with Remy, and he could join up with his French International team-mate Olivier Giroud, who has done well in this his second season at the Emirates, after signing on from Montpellier in the summer of 2012.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be looking for a good striker or strikers, as he seems to be unimpressed with some of his current strike force – including Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Samuel Eto’o, who is now 33 years old and his one year deal runs out at the end of June.
There were even rumors that Jose wanted Didier Drogba back, but even if that happens, and it’s possible rather than probable, he still has to find a long-term replacement for the now 36 year-old, who is at Galatasaray.
There are rumors that Remy has an £8M release clause in his QPR contract, and while Chelsea have been linked with some top strikers, like Edinson Cavani, who is currently at PSG and will not come cheap, Loic Remy could turn out to be a stellar buy.
QPR have no chance of keeping their striker at Loftus Road this summer, even if they are promoted, and it’s still a little strange that Loic joined the he bottom club fourteen months ago – and QPR finished bottom of the Premier League and were relegated.
And now they are fighting for a play-off place in the Championship, and they have dropped 10 points behind second placed Burnley and 17 points behind surging leaders Leicester City, who are managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson.
There’s no doubt there will be some big clubs after Loic in the summer, and it could be that he stays in the Premier League, and moves back down to London.
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