Chelsea’s displays this season has been pathetic – having lost SEVEN game already in the Premier League with just 12 matches gone. The Blues currently languish in 16th position, just three points above the drop zone.
Meanwhile, they entertain Norwich – a team just above them on 15th place – on Saturday at Stamford Bridge and will be looking to reignite their season. Nevertheless, the Blues need to bring in some top notch players who can help them secure top-four qualification as the title defence look to have already crumbled.
Hence, we have drawn out a list of FIVE players Chelsea can sign in January;
1. Marco Reus:
The silky Borussia Dortmund forward has been a target for several European heavyweights, having caught the eye with his impressive displays in recent seasons. Reus was linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United in the summer, but none of these giants succeeded in luring away the Dortmund number 11 from the Westfalenstadion.
With interests in the German ace appearing to have simmered down for a while now, Chelsea can move quickly to make a bid for Reus – who is valued between £35-£40m and that should not be a problem for the Blues to cough up.
Eden Hazard has been struggling for form this season and the addition of Reus will certainly help to inject more bite into the Chelsea attack.
1. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Auba is in fine form at the moment, having bagged 14 goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season.
There are claims Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Liverpool are interested in the Gabon international striker, with the Reds have been installed as favourites as Klopp is being seen as a major attraction for Aubameyang.
But Klopp seems to be dismissing the links, saying he will not pillage his former employers of their star players: “I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool.”
The Independent claimed, days ago, that Auba is available for £42m and given Chelsea’s striker’s problems, they could do with the signing of the former AC Milan forward.
The Paris Saint-Germain ace is allegedly frustrated with lack of enough game time at Paris, with fellow countrymen David Luiz and Thiago Silva ahead of him in the pecking order.
Reports claim Chelsea tabled an offer for the defender’s services in the summer, but PSG rebuffed it. The Blues could return to Paris with an improved offer for the Brazilian and a chance to feature regularly at Chelsea could also be too tempting for Marquinhos to resist.
Chelsea defence has been uncharacteristically frail this season, having leaked in 23 goals in 12 Premier League outings and there are claims Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his defence in the New Year – with Marquinhos on his wish-list.
Reports emerged yesterday that Chelsea want to reignite their interest in John Stones in the New Year – having had a third bid of £30m turned down in the summer
Nevertheless, the Blues will have to fend off competitions from Barcelona and Manchester United in January in order to successfully prise the highly-rated centre back away from Everton. It is claimed Stones will cost £40m and, the Blues are should fork out that fee in order to bolster their fragile defence.
The England international handed in a transfer request in the summer, as the Chelsea interest intensified, however, the Toffees resolutely held on to their prized defender. Chelsea will now try again during the winter transfer window, with Mourinho eyeing Stones as John Terry’s long-term successor.
5. Alex Teixeira:
Like Douglas Costa, Teixeira has also publicly declared his admiration for Chelsea and his wish to play for them under Mourinho. All the Blues have to do now is pay the required fee to sign the pacey Brazilian from Shakhtar Donestk in order not to lose him to other potential suitors – just like they did as Costa snubbed Stamford Bridge for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.