Ten players the Stamford Bridge side should have on their January shopping list.
Ten: Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid):
Aged 24, Contrao resembles a perfectly good buy for both age and value. The defender brings international experience with Portugal and is more than able to plug the cracks in Chelsea’s defence. Former Chelsea manager Andre-Villas Boas would most certainly have snapped up the out-of-favour Portuguese. But another ex-Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, will have the final say as to whether the defender can talk with Chelsea or not.
The Blues may have to wait till the summer, with Ashley Cole’s contract winding down. Benitez may not want to wait another six months, leaving Manchester City to snap Coentrao as a replacement for Clichy.