Five players Chelsea should sign in the January transfer window
Chelsea have already been active in the January transfer window, agreeing a deal for Christopher Nkunku to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer while also bringing Genk striker David Datro Fofana to the club.
Graham Potter’s side have also reportedly agreed a £33.6million fee for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile. Co-owner and acting sporting director Todd Boehly has shown that he is not afraid to splash the cash, but with potential Financial Fair Play constraints ahead, Express Sport has looked at five bargain options that the Blues could sign in January.
Chelsea have struggled to get any joy from their strikers in recent years, as big-money signings Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku both departed from Stamford Bridge in the summer. However, 18-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko has six goals and recorded three assists in eight Bundesliga starts for Borussia Dortmund this season, earning a call-up to the Germany World Cup squad.
After ousting Edouard Mendy and installing Kepa Arrizabalaga as his number one, Potter now has to rely upon the Spaniard with Mendy also rumoured to be interested in leaving the club in search of regular minutes. While Kepa has impressed since coming into the team, he does not have a stellar track record of being a consistent goalkeeper in England, and Potter may wish to bring in another stopper.
Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay could be a short-term answer to Chelsea’s striker woes, highlighted by Graeme Souness in a heated argument with Blues icon Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as he claimed that Potter needs another striker. Nkunku has played that role for RB Leipzig in the past successfully, and the club may only need a player in for the remainder of the current season.
Cesar Azpilicueta did not inspire confidence that he can competently cover in Reece James’s absence during the 1-1 draw away to Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day, and another right wing-back could be brought to the club.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, the Middle Eastern outfit reportedly will next look to move Cameroon World Cup star Vincent Aboubakar out of the club as they look to pair the ex-Manchester United striker with a creative winger instead.
The 30-year-old could leave on loan and should he be able to replicate his goalscoring exploits on the international stage in the Premier League.
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