Enzo Maresca has already revealed Alexander Isak Chelsea plan after perfect transfer

Alexander Isak
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Chelsea and Enzo Maresca have stepped up their transfer business in the last week as preparation for the 2024/25 season continues at Cobham.

Tosin Adarabioyo has already agreed to join the club once he leaves Fulham at the end of his contract and Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian has been snapped up, joining next summer from Palmeiras.

Additional signings are still needed this summer with a number of positions requiring attention. A new striker seems to be the priority to solve the long-term problem in the final third at Stamford Bridge.

Since last season ended, speculation has continued to link the Blues with a list of strikers with the likes of Victor Osimhen, Jhon Duran and Jonathan David all mentioned so far. However, Newcastle striker Alexander Isak is the latest name on supporters' lips following the reports that talks had been held between the two clubs.

The Daily Mail has claimed that the west Londoners have indicated their intentions to bring the 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge, potentially hijacking any possible move for Arsenal. understands that Mikel Arteta's side are interested in the 24-year-old too.

It's easy to see why Chelsea and Maresca want to purchase Isak. Since moving to England from Real Sociedad, he has scored 35 goals with 25 of them coming last season. His tall build and electric pace means he offers all the attributes wanted.

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Next season, once again, the Blues will embark on a new era under a new head coach. Mauricio Pochettino entrusted Nicolas Jackson for the majority of the season but it seems that Maresca plans to recruit a proven goalscorer.

At Leicester City, the Italian had the luxury of four strikers in Jamie Vardy, Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Tom Cannon. All four had spells as the first-choice centre-forward but it was Vardy who scored the most (20) and ended the campaign as first choice but Daka seemed to be Maresca's preferred choice.

As well as having the pace to play off the shoulder of the last defender, the Zambia international worked well in helping Leicester link-up play. According to FBRef, Daka's passing statistics ranked him in the top 91st percentile of players outside Europe's top five divisions.

Most of the time, a playmaker or centre-back would play the ball into the striker's feet to allow the wingers to run in-behind. Daka completed 84.5% of his short passes last season, showcasing his natural ability to link-up play.

The importance of these Daka statistics is a good case study of why Maresca wants Isak at Chelsea. The Newcastle star completed 78.1% of his passes last season, with a 84.6% completed rate of short passes - just 0.1% difference to Daka.

And to make the appeal even stronger, Maresca explained exactly what he 'likes' from a striker. "I really like a striker like Patson (Daka)," he said during his time at Leicester. "He can link-up with his teammates, he still needs to improve, but at the same time, he can link and then attack.

"It's not just linking, but he can link and then he's ready to attack in behind. He's quick and he's aggressive. Off the ball, he's very good."