Chelsea are set to continue their spending spree during the January transfer window despite spending in excess of £250 million in the summer.
Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria were all acquired by Chelsea‘s new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.
It hasn’t made the instant impact Chelsea would have hoped it would. Thomas Tuchel was sacked days after the summer closed and the owner opted for Graham Potter to lead the club forward on a long-term deal.
Chelsea are currently in eighth and in a battle to improve their form to increase their chances of Champions League qualification.
The new owners recognise the situation they are in and ready to keep spending in January to give Potter the best squad to compete at the highest levels in the competitions they are still in.
Chelsea have already signed David Datro Fofana from Molde and he will join from January 1 when the window officially opens.
But the work is only just getting started. They are closing in on another youngster, Andrey Santos of Vasco da Gama is Chelsea bound with medicals the final obstacle before he can sign for the Blues.
The big deal of the month though appears to be for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez. Talks are well underway between the clubs over a deal which is worth in excess of £105 million.
Fernandez wants the move but Benfica are reluctant to let him leave mid-season, however they do appear to be softening their stance and open to negotiating with chelsea.
Chelsea have signalled their intent to smash their club-record transfer fee, currently £97.5 million, to bring the World Cup winner to Stamford Bridge.
Despite their league position, Chelsea aren’t ready to stand still. They want to climb back up the table to compete with Arsenal and Manchester City, albeit it will be extremely difficult to reduce the huge points gap between the sides.
It serves as a warning to Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola that Chelsea’s owners mean business and are ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the squad is rebuilt into a position where they are able to challenge for the title once again.
When that will be… two, three, four years, only time will tell, but the signs coming from Stamford Bridge are positive.
All that’s left to do is to acquire Fernandez and move to the next target, and for the process to repeat.
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