Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is proving to be one of the hottest transfer targets for the coming summer. The Ivorian is out of contract at the end of the season and the prospect of a free player of his quality is causing a surge in interest among top Premier League sides. Kalou is thought to be disappointed that he hasn't been given a more central role at Chelsea and with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool all reportedly interested, it looks like he'll have plenty of options for his future. In an effort to predict his next move, talkSPORT look at the pros and cons involved in a potential move to each club.
Pros: With Craig Bellamy the wrong side of 30 and injuries preventing him a run of games, Liverpool could do with strengthening their attack. Kalou's physical presence would compliment Luis Suarez well, and his crossing ability would be perfect for Andy Carroll.
Cons: With Joe Cole still due to return from Lille, Liverpool may yet find it difficult to accommodate Kalou. Lille are likely to try and keep Cole in France, but any potential deal hinges on the French side's ability to find the money for the England international.
Likelihood: Kalou would fit in well at Liverpool and provide a necessary deputy for Craig Bellamy, but until Joe Cole's future is resolved, Liverpool may not be able to pounce unless FSG loosen the purse strings on the wage front. 6/10
Pros: Arsene Wenger is known to grab a bargain when he can and a free transfer for a proven Premier League player should be a good bit of business. Kalou could add an extra dimension to Arsenal's attack and provide width and pace on the opposite flank to compliment Theo Walcott.
Cons: Kalou is more likely to flourish with Robin Van Persie to aim for in the middle. Should the Dutchman choose to ply his trade elsewhere, Arsenal could become a less attractive proposition. If RVP stays, however, Kalou is the perfect fit for Arsene Wenger's low-spending transfer strategy. Whether van Persie stays, however, may be dependent on Arsenal's transfer activity - would Kalou's signing be enough to convince the Dutchman to stay?
Likelihood: Kalou is cheap, has experience in top competition and would help bolster an attack that looks likely to include Lukas Podolski next season, too. A bargain and fitting of the Arsenal mould. 7/10
Pros: With Gareth Bale a likely target for a big bid in the summer, Spurs may yet find themselves looking for someone to fill the Welshman's shoes. While nowhere near as consistent, Kalou has all the raw-ability to flourish at White Hart Lane. His ability to track back and help out defenders would be welcomed by a slow Spurs back line, too.
Cons: With Harry Redknapp's future up in the air, Spurs could be an unknown commodity next season. Even if they manage to finish in a Champions League place, it would take a brilliant replacement to continue their upward trajectory should Harry choose to leave. After coming from a team famed for its lack of stability, Kalou may prefer to join a club with more stability.
Likelihood: Spurs don't lack wide players and would only need to bolster those areas should Gareth Bale leave. For Kalou, the prospect of Tottenham losing Harry Redknapp could swing things, especially if the club aren't even in the Champions League. 5/10
Pros: It could be argued that Kalou should earn himself a new deal at Chelsea rather than look to move elsewhere. With many of his colleagues ageing, Kalou is still a spring chicken at 26 and Abramovich is keen to lower the squad's average age. Chelsea still have key ties left both domestically and in Europe before the end of the season, and what better way to earn a new deal than by being decisive in one of them?
Cons: Roberto Di Matteo doesn't seem to count Kalou as key to his end of season plans and should the Chelsea interim manager get the job on a permanent basis, it seems he's unlikely to push for Kalou to be given a new deal. Even if Di Matteo goes elsewhere, there's no guarantee that Chelsea's next coach would make Kalou a central figure as the player desires.
Likelihood: With the end of the season approaching, it's a risky strategy for Kalou to bide his time and hope for the best at Chelsea. The lack of clarity over who will be in charge at Stamford Bridge won't help either. The media in general seem to think Kalou will be going elsewhere, and we tend to agree. 3/10
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