Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia plans to reinforce Thomas Tuchel’s squad with three players in the January transfer window, according to Marca.
Many would argue that it is unnecessarily risky for Chelsea to be active in the transfer market mid-season, given their incredible form at the moment.
Bringing in new players could actually affect the team chemistry they have built under Thomas Tuchel. After all, the west London outfit are three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
However, based on Marca’s claims, it seems that the Chelsea board has both already short and long-term transfer plans.
The obvious issues Chelsea might want to solve are Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger’s contract situation.
The centre-back pair are both in the final year of their contract at the club.
Chelsea’s three reported January transfer targets
Marca claims Granovskaia is preparing moves for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt as potential replacements.
Chelsea were close to signing Kounde in the summer, but Sevilla were not satisfied with their offer.
The report claims it is unlikely for Sevilla and Juventus to let go of their key players mid-season. However, Granovskaia could still pull the trigger in January amid uncertainty over Rudiger and Christensen’s future at the club.
The third player in Chelsea’s reported January shortlist is Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne.
Granovskaia reportedly plans to give Tuchel more firepower.
Obviously, unlike the two aforementioned names, Insigne would fit into Chelsea’s usual long-term transfer plans. But as Marca highlighted, the 30-year-old could add experience to their young attacking line.
The Italy international’s contract with Napoli also expires at the end of the season, so the Blues would unlikely have to spend big if they were to sign him.