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Chelsea transfer shortlist: Brazilian forward & English duo among candidates to bolster blunt Blues

Chelsea have identified their January transfer window targets in a bid to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho and save him from further misery.

The reigning Premier League champions currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League having lost eight of their first 15 games of the season.

With a decisive clash with Porto ahead this week which will determine whether or not they advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the pressure is on Mourinho to turn things around quickly or risk facing the sack, as suggested by The Independent.

If the Portuguese tactician can make it through until after the Christmas period, The Telegraph believe that the Blues will splash out in order to boost their options, particularly up front.

With Diego Costa struggling, having scored just four goals in 18 appearances in all competitions so far this season, it appears as though strikers will be top of the agenda with technical director Michael Emenalo already assessing Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino and Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, as reported by The Telegraph.

Chelsea are believed to be wary of panic buying, and so are considering their options carefully in order to ensure that they are adding quality to the squad, as well as what they actually need in order to improve their current situation.

Although Mourinho will be looking at their defensive problems as an issue too, the fact that they have scored just 17 goals in 15 league games tells its own story, as that is significantly less than many of their rivals including Manchester United who have been lambasted all year for their style of football and lack of goals.

As a result, Mourinho will certainly be hoping for either an upturn in form with Costa, even though the Spanish international has started the last two games on the bench, or for reinforcements in January who can help end their goalscoring troubles.

Vardy currently tops the Premier League goalscoring charts having scored 14 goals already this season as he has helped fire Claudio Ranieri’s side to the top of the table.

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