New Stamford Bridge boss ready to make significant changes to his Blues squad.
Rafa Benitez is set for a busy January transfer window as the Metro reports the Spaniard is readying moves to re-shuffle his Stamford Bridge squad.
The newly appointed Blues boss will reportedly demand funds to bring in two targeted strikers whilst he will also consider the futures of five players who could be heading for a West London exit when the transfer window re-opens.
The former Liverpool boss will meet Roman Abramovich in the coming days and look to the Russian billionaire to fund moves to capture a pair of attacking talents who could greatly improve the relatively threadbare forward options Benitez has available to him.
Benitez will reportedly look to push on with efforts to sign the Colombian, who will apparently cost in excess of £40m. The Atletico Madrid man netted 36 goals last term and has continued to thrive in La Liga this term, scoring 10 goals in 11 domestic league games whilst also managing a hat-trick against Chelsea in the European Super Cup Final against Chelsea.
Chelsea will continue their pursuit of the German international knowing it will cost more than the last bid the Premier League side made for the 22 year old Bayer Leverkusen forward, said to be around £20m.
Scouts have been sent to monitor the stylish forward who has scored seven goals in 18 international appearances.
Currently Chelsea have relied too heavily on inconsistent striker Fernando Torres and Benitez’s apparent interest in bringing in further firepower may well suggest that he is unlikely to employ the services of Daniel Sturridge and loaned out youngster Romelu Lukaku any more frequently than former boss Di Matteo.