Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will have a busy January transfer window ahead of him, and speculation this week has suggested several ins and outs.
Starting with Sporx, it’s claimed that Fenerbahce are eyeing a January loan swoop for playmaker Oscar, with the Brazilian international struggling to get into the side in recent weeks following Conte’s decision to switch to a 3-4-3 system.
The 25-year-old has made just 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season with limited minutes, and has managed to register just a solitary assist in his time on the pitch.
Real Madrid ace Isco is said to be an alternative, but given that he is struggling to play an important role for Chelsea, combined with the fact that he’s on £90,000-a-week, as per The Daily Star, Conte will surely be considering offloading him and using his resources more efficiently elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Conte has also responded to questions regarding the speculation linking his club with a shock move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
“I don’t think it’s right to talk about players of other teams,” he told the media, as reported by the Metro. “Now we are totally focused on the next game.”
While that isn’t exactly confirmation that he is chasing Sanchez, it isn’t really a denial either and so with the Arsenal star’s contract talks continuing to drag on, it may well alert Chelsea further as they could prepare a stunning swoop for the Chilean international.
Elsewhere, according to talkSPORT, Chelsea remain in the hunt for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam with the Algerian international continuing to impress in Italy.
Although his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in January could complicate matters, it hasn’t been enough to put Conte off and Chelsea are said to be keen on signing the 25-year-old.
They will face competition though as it’s reported that Atletico Madrid are also interested, and so as he looks to further strengthen a backline that has conceded just two goals in the last eight league games, the Chelsea boss will likely have to act sooner rather than later.