Chelsea have been urged to sign want-away Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the January transfer window.
The Uruguay international has handed in a transfer request with the French champions after struggling for game time so far this season.
Now aged 32, the forward has scored goals at every club he has played for in the past any many believe he still has what it takes to perform at the top level.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to sign another striker to help lighten the load on Tammy Abraham this season.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge, scoring 13 Premier League goals so far – but he is still learning his trade.
And Merson reckons Cavani could be just the tonic the team needs to help fire them into a top four spot.
“The main priority now is to get into the top four,” he told Sky Sports.
“At the start when Frank first took over with the young kids, it was just a transition year with young players. And it was sort of a free swing.
Chelsea have been told to look at signing wantaway PSG striker Edinson Cavani
“But now they are in the top four and a good position – they have struggled in the games they have lost – to Newcastle, West Ham, Southampton, Bournemouth and they have not really looked like scoring in those games.
“So going forward a centre forward – they are talking about Cavani and when a player of that class and they do not come up that often, especially in January, for me I think it is an absolute must.
“And if you can get a Cavani in to teach Tammy Abraham – someone big and strong who holds the ball up, put the ball in the box and he will put his head in there. And I just think it is a no brainer.”
Lampard praised Cavani when quizzed about the prospect of signing him, claiming he was a ‘great player’.
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