Scolari: I need a new striker

The Brazilian has been told by Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon that he has to sell before signing any new players.

Scolari declared: “I know it’s a different time now for Chelsea from when I took over. But I knew then that if I had more injuries now, they would understand. I will need to replace some players. They understand this. It is normal.

“I think it’s a maximum one player they’ll replace, because we need only one more player. A striker.

“For the game against Arsenal, I lost two strikers in Franco Di Santo and Didier Drogba. I had only Nicolas Anelka. For the game at Bolton I have only Anelka, too.

“If I have one more player in very good condition, I’ll have more options for change sometimes. Options to play two strikers or something different.

“Maybe you’ll say on arrival I sold many players. But 34 is too many for a coach.”

He added: “Vagner Love is a very good player, who played in Palmeiras after I was there. Now he’s in Russia playing well but I’m not thinking about A, B or C. I have some names.”