Chelsea seals two dream transfers, including pursuit of Arsenal target, in January window
The fact that Chelsea have got this far in the January transfer window without making a single signing is surprising.
This time last year, five players had already been signed in Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk. Noni Madueke, Malo Gusto and Enzo Fernandez all followed in the final 11 days of the window to take Todd Boehly’s spending over the £300million mark.
Premier League Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) have played a big role in the lack of activity at Stamford Bridge this time around. In an ideal world, Mauricio Pochettino will welcome a number of new faces to his squad
So, with that in mind, football.london takes a look at the business Chelsea should aim to complete in the remaining two weeks of the January transfer window.
As a priority, Chelsea need reinforcements in a number of areas. A new centre-forward and centre-back have been earmarked as positions in Pochettino’s squad that need strengthening.
Numerous strikers have been linked with taking up the centre-forward spot at Chelsea, but no target has come close to joining. One man who should be considered is RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko.
The young striker, who is also a target of Arsenal, has a reported £43million release clause in his contract in Germany. Despite it becoming active in the summer, paying close to that fee shouldn’t be a problem in convincing Leipzig this month.
Sesko netted 29 goals in 79 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg before moving to the Bundesliga – where he has netted seven. However, his tall build and electric pace makes him a favourable replacement for Nicolas Jackson in attack.
At centre-back, three names have been touted to be on the club’s shortlist. Joining Crystal Palace star Marc Guehi and OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo, Ousmane Diomande has emerged as a possible candidate.
Blues opened talks with Sporting CP last month but his £69million release clause presents a difficult decision. The Ivory Coast international has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool meaning Chelsea would be smart to swoop in now before seeing him join one of their Premier League rivals.
PSR limitations means testing the water with a proposed loan move that includes an obligation to pay his release clause in the summer – a method used throughout football nowadays.
Perhaps the most exciting incoming in this dream window situation is, Alphonso Davies. The Bayern Munich left-back has emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea amid growing speculation over his future.
Ben Chilwell’s continued injury setbacks have become a problem for Pochettino and Davies’ defensive security and offensive ability would be an upgrade. Reports have indicated that Chilwell could be included in their proposal, continuing Bayern’s trend of signing England internationals.
For Chelsea to be active in the January window, they must sell players. Ian Maatsen has already departed on loan to Borussia Dortmund but there remains a plethora of players who still could leave.
Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja have all been linked with a move away from West London. In terms of raising funds, Gallagher and Broja are two likeliest to leave.
Gallagher has been on Tottenham’s radar for some time, despite being a regular in Pochettino’s squad. The contract stalemate has left Spurs interested and cashing in would only bolster their hopes of signing players.
Broja, who has struggled to break into Chelsea’s team, is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs and while his reported £50million price tag has raised eyebrows, Financial Fair Play (FFP) restraints mean the price tag is justified.