Five players Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be itching to sign in January
The London club have had relatively frugal windows since the appointment of Marina Granovskaia as the director of the club but will that change in the January transfer window?
With the transfer ban lifted and the current crop of players struggling, Chelsea will be expected to make a consolidated effort to improve the squad with a few key signings in the January window. Manager Frank Lampard has struggled to find the winning combination with the young Blues and will be looking to splash the money on some promising young players.
The London club have had relatively frugal windows since the appointment of Marina Granovskaia as the director of the club. Her strong ways have resulted in Chelsea opting for value-for-money buys over marquee signings. But with Chelsea looking toothless in the attack and bleak in the defence, Granovskaia might offer more money for Lampard to build his empire.
As per the rumours, here are five players the 2012 European champions are looking to sign in January.
1) Jadon Sancho
The former Manchester City starlet has developed into one of the best players in the world at Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has everything you need in a modern-day winger. He has the pace to burn, he is direct, he is not afraid of shooting and most importantly, he turns up in big matches. The English winger is a transfer target of multiple clubs across the world but Chelsea are in actual need of a top-class winger after Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid in the summer. With Willian reaching the end of his best days and Pedro likely to be let go in the summer, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson Odoi remain the only two top wingers at the club. Sancho's addition can really sharpen Chelsea's attack and make them a force to reckon with in the upcoming years. Moreover, Sancho is the perfect revenge plot for Chelsea whose former player Kevin de Bruyne is now City's (arguably) best player.
2) Wilfried Zaha
Like Sancho, Zaha is another exciting winger Chelsea are interested in. The Crystal Palace forward is versatile -- can play in the wings or up front -- which will give Frank Lampard a lot of options to experiment. The Ivorian is fast, physically excellent and Premier League-tested. The big hurdle for Chelsea would be his 80 million price tag. Zaha's failed days at Manchester United would also be a cause of worry for the Blues as the levels of expectations increase with top teams. If Chelsea can snatch him away for anywhere near 50 million then be prepared to see Zaha in a blue jersey soon.
Is Isco really that good? The Real Madrid midfielder is apparently a target for Chelsea and could turn out to be a bargain buy with the Los Blancos keen on offloading the Spanish midfielder. On his day, Isco is world-class. His dribbling skills are exceptional, has a great understanding of where his teammates are, and has an eye for goal. Consistency has been always his weakness but in Frank Lampard, Chelsea have one of the greatest, consistent midfielders on all-time as their manager. Signing Isco is a risk but considering how Matteo Kovacic has thrived under Lampard, it might be a move worth the gamble for the Blues.
4) Timo Werner
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is supposedly a top priority for Chelsea in the upcoming transfer window. The German international has been in top form and the Blues will be keen to add the versatile forward to their squad considering Olivier Giroud in on the way out. Mitchy Batshuayi has struggled to give enough competition to Tammy Abraham up-front which and manager Lampard has apparently put Werner in the wish-list.
The Germany international, who has been linked with a host of European clubs, has scored 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga matches this season, and his release clause is reported to be only £27million.
5) Ben Chilwell
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has categorically ruled out selling any of his key players in the January transfer window but Chilwell might be worth waiting for. The London club should test the waters by making a bid for the talented full-back and try to convince Chilwell about a promising future at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester are better placed in the Premier League table but the footballer would know that the London club's financial backing will have them fighting for titles in the upcoming seasons. Chelsea are also severely short of players in that department with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri struggling to impress.