With the January transfer window now firmly coming into view on the horizon, the rumour mill is in overdrive. On a daily basis the big English sides are being linked with fresh talent, with Chelsea – the runaway league leaders – a recurring name in the gossip columns.
Despite topping the pile with a squad full of talent and experience, the Blues are said to be shopping for one or two additions, with Jose Mourinho keen to ensure that his side build on their early season form. But who could be heading to Stamford Bridge? There have been some crazy links (Gareth Bale for £90m?!), yet some are a little more realistic… and here are FIVE we at FFC towers think may happen.
The Reus saga looks to be one of the biggest transfer dramas of 2014/15. Each day fresh reports emerge linking the German with a new club, with a switch to remain in homeland often being contradicted by suggestions that England or Spain are his destinations of choice. Chelsea are understood to be firmly in the hunt, with a January offer a possibility. Reus’ much talked about £20m release clause is due to kick in at the end of the season, which has prompted talk of offers of around £25m-£30m in the New Year to nab the 25-year-old.
The Blues have the cash and the status to lure the versatile forward, and with a void open on the right-side of an attacking midfield three open, Reus could be the final piece in Mourinho’s puzzle.
The CSKA Moscow forward was a rumoured summer target for the Blues, and his performances in the Champions League – he tore Manchester City apart over two games, scoring three goals – have only served to make him a more attractive option.
Contract talks between the player and his Russian employers have begun, but it’s likely that Doumbia himself will hold off until January in a bid to establish the likelihood of a mega move. Chelsea are suitors, and with Didier Drogba’s career now near its end, it may make sense to get the 26-year-old in in the New Year.
The ‘new Eden Hazard’ has been linked with Chelsea over the course of the past few months amid talk that he will be leaving PSV Eindhoven in January. The 18-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, which has opened up the possibility of a cut-price move soon, with the Eredivisie giants open to bringing in some cash rather than haggling for a compensation payment.
Chelsea are likely to once again use the loan market to keep the teenager fresh, with a January deal ahead of a temporary switch back to PSV or another European side on the cards. Liverpool and Arsenal are also eyeing the youngster.
Despite Khedira insisting that he’s not ready to leave Real Madrid in January, there’s a good chance that he will indeed be packing his bags in early 2015. The German World Cup winner has opted out of contract talks with Los Blancos – leaving his deal entering its final six months – which has prompted interest from Chelsea.
Despite having Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas running the show, Ramires’ seemingly likely Stamford Bridge exit will free up a spot in the Blues’ squad, which Mourinho is keen for Khedira to fill. The former Stuttgart ace worked under the ‘Special One’ at the Bernabeu, and their relationship is understood to be a solid one.
Prolific in Italy, Destro has emerged as a target for the Blues. The Roma forward is highly-rated, and has been mooted as a possible addition as Drogba nears retirement. When questioned on a move recently, Destro suggested that he would be open to a deal, giving Chelsea the green light to swoop.
Beyond Diego Costa and Loic Remy the Londoners have space for another hit-man, with recent injuries having exposed a lack of depth that Mourinho will be keen to address.