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Chelsea January transfer guide: Striker solution needed as Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham prioritize

Having been appointed in September, this is the first window in charge for manager Graham Potter and only the second for new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake.

Chelsea broke the world spending record in a single window when they spent £272m this summer but still have some rebuilding work on their hands.

Eighth in the Premier League ahead of the restart and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification, the Blues urgently need additional investment to give them a boost.


With Armando Broja out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, Chelsea are short of a lead.

RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku has agreed a £52m deal to join this summer, but Potter may need a short-term fix until then.

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign 19-year-old striker David Datro Fofana from Molde, but he is seen more as a future, along with Brazilian starlet Andrey Santos.

Atletico Madrid and Portugal star Joao Felix is ​​a potential option, along with Barcelona’s Memphis Depay.

Attacker solution? Chelsea could turn to Joao Felix after losing Armando Broja for the season

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What else do they need

The Chelsea midfielder is in need of a rebuild, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante both having less than six months left on their current contracts. Both will be free to speak to other clubs in January.

England pair Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham are both expensive options but are now seen as priorities.

Reports in Portugal claim the Blues have made a £115million bid to sign 21-year-old Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

Standard Sport understands that a meeting has taken place for the signing of the World Cup winner.

Possible ins

Chelsea could well get two new strikers, with Fofana likely to be signed for around £6million and then loaned out again.

Joao Felix is ​​a good option and could be loaned out but the Blues haven’t shown their luck in the attacking market yet.

Chelsea are in talks to sign Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile in a deal that could be worth around £35m.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a prime target, with fitness issues surrounding both Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell.

A deal could be agreed with Leipzig for defender Josko Gvardiol, but it would likely be with a view to joining him this summer.

Defensive target: Chelsea are a longtime admirer of Croatian World Cup star Josko Gvardiol

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Possible outputs

Hakim Ziyech is attracting renewed interest from AC Milan, with an option to buy likely to be included in a loan deal.

The Serie A giants have cooled off after exploring the possibility in the summer but are believed to be interested again, with the Moroccan winger keen to leave Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City are trying to poach academy striker Jude Soonsup-Bell amid club competition across Europe.

Edouard Mendy continues to stall on a new contract, which could see Chelsea enter the goalkeeping market this summer.

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