There are 16 days to go in the January transfer window and Chelsea have quite a bit of sorting to do before it slams shut until the summer.
The Blues, as usual, have been linked with several players since Maurizio Sarri took charge of the club back in July, but of course not every one has actually past the test of truth.
Sarri has stated that he is looking for two signings this winter, stating that the midfield position is one after the departure of Cesc Fabregas, while a new striker is likely to be another after the failings of the Blues’s front men so far this season.
But who are the players that have been linked with the club and which players could they get over the line before the deadline slams shut on January 31.
This remains the main talking point for Chelsea right now but there are a lot of complications that surround the deal. The player wants to make the move, but the fact that he is on loan from Juventus to AC Milan makes it difficult.
Milan wants a replacement as they had an option to buy the 31-year-old, while Juventus are now the middle men in any negotiation with the Blues having to buy him from them.
There is also the difficulty of his age. Chelsea’s over 30 policy means that they wouldn’t likely offer him anything more than an 18 month deal, like they did with Olivier Giroud last January.
The Blues are still confident of getting a deal over the line, however, with Alvaro Morata departing on loan or on a permanent basis.
After the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Monaco, Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he wants a replacement for the central midfield position, and Paredes appears to be the best bet.
The 24-year-old Argentine has spent time Roma after moving to Europe from Boca Juniors. The Blues are interested in the midfielder and should be pursuing a deal before the month is out.
While Zenit St Petersburg may not want to let him go, it is believed a price close to £35milion might be enough to convince them to part ways with him.
This is a slightly more complicated move and one that might well be impacted on other things. Firstly, Arsenal are interested in the 21-year-old Cagliari midfielder.
Meanwhile, Cagliari’s sporting director Mario Passett has denied that they will be selling the midfielder this January, although they might be interested in letting him go in the summer.
Like Christian Pulisic, Chelsea could look to make a pre-contract agreement for the summer, however if the Paredes deal gets over the line then it is unlikely the Blues would need another midfielder with their options already strong.
There could well be a striker merry-go-round for Chelsea this January with Atletico Madrid looking at taking another Blues forward in the space of a year.
Sevilla have ruled themselves out of signing the Spaniard on loan this month and then permanently in the summer, saying that the deal had too many complications.
After just 18 months it appears the striker wants out of the club and the Blues want to make some money back from the £60million they handed to Real Madrid for him.
The winger/wing-back appeared on the bench for the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest but that is about as close as we have seen him playing for the Blues since his last appearance in October.
Sarri has said that the 28-year-old does not fit into his system and if the Italian is going to be the head coach for a while then it is best if the Nigerian moves on.
He has been linked with Crystal Palace and Cardiff City and it is likely that he will depart this month.
This is a worrying one for many Chelsea supporters with Callum Hudson-Odoi being a real target of Bayern Munich and the 18-year-old yet to sign a new deal with the Blues.
A £35million offer has been broached by the German side to the Blues, but they are unwilling to part ways with the winger just yet. They also want a buy-back clause inserted in the deal should it go through.
More game time from now until the end of the season, should the Blues keep hold of him, might well just convince him to stay and sign a new deal with the club.
While Cesc Fabregas got the opportunity to say goodbye to the Stamford Bridge crowd, Gary Cahill might well be saying goodbye to the club without such an honour.
The 33-year-old has not featured for the Blues since the Europa League match with PAOK in November and his time at the club appears to be coming to an end.
Fulham are interested in taking the defender on loan for the rest of the season, however it would mean having to send back Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Manchester United as they have two loanees already with them from other Premier League clubs.
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