Five transfers Chelsea could make in January to fight injury and expiring contracts like De Ligt and Digne



JANUARY is still a notoriously difficult month for clubs to do transfer business.

In large part, that’s because many teams don’t even want to consider negotiating transfer sales in the middle of a current season, but it’s also a short window, so talks will have to be. faster than in summer.

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One of five Rudiger defenders Tuchel may have to replace at Chelsea in JanuaryCredit: Reuters

Chelsea may well be forced to start some of its activities a little earlier than the summer, due to contractual situations, injuries, Covid-19 and fatigue.

We’ve seen Chelsea go through the last month without a number of key players being lost to injury, and the situation with Ben Chilwell could dictate a potential move in January as well.

If it turns out that Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen or Thiago Silva do pre-contracts with a new club in January, as they will be allowed to do, it would probably be wise for the Blues to bring in a new center. back or two in the winter window.

Silva and Christensen are expected to stay now, but the other two are still pending.

So with that in mind, here are five potential transfer targets Chelsea could look at in January, depending on the circumstances of course.

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Lucas Digne

Chelsea may prefer to bring Ian Maatsen back from his Coventry loan to provide additional left-back cover while Ben Chilwell remains injured.

But depending on their recovery process and whether they will need surgery, Chelsea could look to Digne d’Everton.

Personally, I don’t think Marcos Alonso is good enough to be our starting left-back, so I would look to bring the France international here.

Chelsea have been closely linked to him before and the latest reports suggest Everton may be ready to sell him in January.

Not only does he bring experience, but he’s also a quality player and a great option to get in and instantly improve our starting Xl while Chilwell is away.

Everton could be ready to let Digne go in the New Year

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Everton could be ready to let Digne go in the New YearCredit: Getty

Jules Koundé

It was well documented that Chelsea ousted Kounde this summer and would have signed him had they not ultimately been excluded from the move by Sevilla.

So as I said above bringing in a new central defender would be wise in January, but even more so with Koundé as he can provide cover playing anywhere on the right side of the pitch as well as on the defender. central.

With our captain Cesar Azpilicueta aging and an uncertain future at Chelsea, I think it would be a good thing to try and bring Kounde in for January.

He clearly wants the move, and not only will it provide Chelsea with additional cover and pre-planning for any potential defensive start, but it will also prevent more clubs from coming for him this summer.

Kounde was linked with a move to the Blues this summer and could replace aging Azpilicueta in defense

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Kounde was linked with a move to the Blues this summer and could replace aging Azpilicueta in defenseCredit: Getty

Aurélien Tchouameni

I think the past four weeks have proven that Chelsea need to sign another high quality midfielder who can play the 6 role, only because of the amount of ongoing issues we’ve seen in this area.

Saul Niguez is definitely not that one, so for me, even though it looks like we weren’t allowed to send him back to Atletico in the January window at least, we should still replace him and bring an option. much stronger.

Tchouameni is a player Chelsea looked at this summer but decided that an extra year playing in Ligue 1 for Monaco would be a better idea than continuing him this summer.

But for now, I think we would be in a better position to bring him in in January to cover the absentees and tour with N’Golo Kante, who has only been available for less than half of Thomas Tuchel’s matches in Chelsea charge so far.

With Covid-19 being a problem again in clubs, I just think it would be much wiser for us to bring Tchouameni this winter, or at least attempt to do so.

Tchouameni could give Kanté the cover that Niguez has not provided so far

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Tchouameni could give Kanté the cover that Niguez has not provided so farCredit: Getty

Matthijs De Ligt

While he’s far from a cheap option and a move in January seems nearly impossible, I would look at him for his experience in case Rudiger leaves.

I think this story is far from over, but if it turns out that he ends up signing a pre-contract for another team in January, then we have to try to replace him in January.

I think De Ligt brings you that experience and that leadership, and those would be two huge things that we would lose with Rudiger if he left.

Like I said though, it would be far from a cheap buy if we tried to bring it in, and maybe it could be a summer buy instead.

But I think Juventus would be interested in selling him so it’s doable.

Juve star De Ligt could fill Rudiger's boots if he decides to leave in January

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Juve star De Ligt could fill Rudiger’s boots if he decides to leave in JanuaryCredit: Getty

Wesley fofana

Another center-back who has been heavily linked with Chelsea is Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, who would surely jump at the chance to join the European champions.

He’s a fantastic player and we all know how well Chelsea have traded with Leicester before bringing in both N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell in recent seasons, so you’d expect this rumor to have legs and grows even more over the next few weeks. .

Fofana would likely jump at the chance to follow former Foxes Kante and Chilwell to join the Blues

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Fofana would likely jump at the chance to follow former Foxes Kante and Chilwell to join the BluesCredit: Getty

That said, a summer move looks a lot more realistic here if a chase does occur, as there is no way Leicester will allow him to leave mid-season.

You have to consider him as an option nonetheless, because as I mentioned before, Chelsea might need more than one new center-back very soon depending on their own contractual situation.

Overall, I don’t expect Chelsea to be too busy in January, but there are certainly a few situations that could arise that will see Chelsea get busier than expected this winter.


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