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Graham Potter sends message to Todd Boehly over Chelsea’s January transfer window plans



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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been told by Graham Potter what they need to do this month now that the January transfer window is open.

One signing has already been made this month following the arrival of forward David Datro Fofana from Molde, which saw him pen a long-term contract for a fee of around €12 million.

Fofana, who was in attendance at the City Ground for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest, is set to be joined by Andrey Santos and Benoit Badiashile, with Badiashile completing his medical on Monday ahead of expected confirmation this week.

Potter refused to comment on the Badiashile deal on Sunday, responding: “Until somebody tells me anybody has been signed it’d be unfair of me to comment. No updates, sorry.”

Enzo Fernandez of Benfica is also wanted and a deal is advancing to bring him to Stamford Bridge. Personal terms have already been agreed for the 21-year-old and a transfer worth €127 million, which is set to be paid in three instalments, is on the verge of being finalised.

He missed Benfica training on Monday despite not receiving permission to fly back to Argentina for New Year celebrations, hinting he’s trying to push through a move to club-record transfer to Chelsea this month.

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The new owners, led by Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, and the recruitment team are hard at work to deliver Potter new signings, and the Chelsea head coach knows it’s a difficult month to try to complete business mid-season.

However, the 47-year-old knows Chelsea need to take any opportunities that arise and wants open lines of communication internally throughout the whole month as they look to block out any external speculation.

He said: “It’s part of the season we all have to deal with, so I’m not complaining about it. They are human beings and while the window is open, there is noise and 24-hour media that has to be filled with something.

“The January window gives people an opportunity to speak about things, so it’s normal. It’s part of modern-day football and we have to deal with it.”