Chelsea will firmly have one eye on the January transfer window, which is set to open in the coming days.
Despite forking out just under £100million during the summer, the Blues may well want some more investment. Due to various injuries, Thomas Tuchel’s squad has been tested to its very limits recently – something that the Chelsea boss is extremely wary of with the Blues continuing to challenge on multiple fronts.
As a result, various deals have already been mooted with just weeks until the window opens – some of them potentially very costly.
football.london takes a look at how the Blues could look come the end of January should some of the big-money rumoured transfer come to fruition.
One of the Blues’ strongest assets so far this season, the Chelsea defence has looked somewhat vulnerable over recent weeks.
One option that could be turned to in the winter transfer window is that of Leicester man Wesley Fofana.
Chelsea were linked with the Frenchman in the summer, with it previously being reported that they have already initiated contact with his representatives. Talks over a deal have resurfaced over the past few weeks. He is rated at £36m by transfermarkt but Leicester would be expected to demand considerably more.
Should he arrive at Stamford Bridge, it looks likely that he could replace Antonio Rudiger. Whilst the former AS Roma man is not the only defender out of contract at the end of the campaign, he looks the most likely to leave, although whether that is in January remains to be seen.
Either way, his future does not look likely to be at Stamford Bridge which gives Fofana an excellent vacancy to fill alongside Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen.
One of the positions where Chelsea have endured their most injury difficulty, it appears that plans have already started on bolstering the centre of the park at Stamford Bridge.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Tuchel is a huge fan of Real Madrid destroyer Casemiro and has sent a personal request to owner Roman Abramovich regarding a move.
Whilst tough negotiations may have been expected with Real, it is further reported that the Spanish giants would sell for around €60m (£51m) – making the prospect of a move even more tantalising.
It is tricky to see where the former Porto man would fit into the Chelsea midfield but it is hard not to present an argument for N’Golo Kante as his partner, leaving Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic with a place on the bench.
They would then be supported by wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell – when both are fit of course.
Heading into January and Chelsea could well be about to make another expensive investment into their attack. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has already suggested that talks with former Blues target Erling Haaland are set to take place ahead of the window, whilst his agent Mino Raiola has hinted at a move away from the Signal Iduna Park sooner rather than later.
It has been reported that the Norwegian’s release clause is going to dramatically reduce to £68m next year which would make any Chelsea move considerably more affordable.
Should he arrive in London then it would be expected that he would line up alongside Romelu Lukaku in the Chelsea attack, with Mason Mount – who has consistently been a key player under Tuchel – playing in more of a withdrawn role.
Here’s a look at how Tuchel’s dream line-up could look after a triple transfer spree which would set the club back a reported £155m.
Current Chelsea best XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Christensen; Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, James; Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
Potential Chelsea XI: Mendy; Fofana, Silva, Christensen; Chilwell, Kante, Casemiro, James, Mount, Haaland, Lukaku.
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