With the transfer window now just a week away, clubs all across the country will be looking to dip into the transfer market for solution to their problems, and chief amongst them will be Chelsea, who haven’t even got their season off the ground.
Though buying in January isn’t always easy, and new Blues boss Guus Hiddink – who, at the time of writing is yet to be officially announced – will have his work cut out for him to bring in some serious quality.
But that doesn’t mean the club won’t try, and armed with a sack full of cash, the club will surely make some serious approaches to bolster the ranks, and below, we’ve highlighted five players that most definitely should be on their radar in the new year.
Marco Verratti – Paris Saint Germain
One of Chelsea’s problem areas this season has been in the centre of midfield, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas failing to meet expectation. The Blues have more options to take over, but more quality is certainly needed, and the Italian international would fit the bill perfectly. Young, and able to create opportunities for his teammates, he could end up being an upgrade on Fabregas providing he takes to the league well.
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
With Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both struggling for form, the young Frenchman could very well fill one of two roles. He would provide a quantifiable goal threat as well as creating for others, and wouldn’t be bogged down with low confidence like his potential teammates. However, he certainly won’t come easily and he won’t come cheap, but the Blues will have the financial power available if he is prepared to make the move.
John Stones – Everton
A player that Chelsea were heavily involved with over the summer to no avail. They will almost certainly look to make another move for him in the new year, with reports suggesting that a £40m bid is in the offing. Seen as the future of English defending, the 21-year-old would be the ideal long term replacement for John Terry, who has been unusually out of form this season.
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