Chelsea transfer news: Six players Blues could sign in January if ban is lifted | Football | Sport
Chelsea are reportedly making contact with players’ agents as they plan for a busy January transfer window in the hope that their current ban is lifted.
The Blues expect the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to cut short their transfer ban, which was imposed by FIFA in February.
The west London club are not permitted to register new signings for two windows due to breaches in the transfer of youth players, but have appealed to CAS in order to get the sanction overturned.
Reports suggest Chelsea are fairly confident of a positive verdict from CAS, meaning they would be free to strengthen their squad and reinvest the money made from Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid, but who will Frank Lampard target?
Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)
Lampard has had a tough start to life as permanent Chelsea boss, winning just one of his first four Premier League matches in charge.
A shaky defence has contributed to this record and a new centre-back will be a high priority following the summer departure of David Luiz.
Antonio Rudiger is back from injury but Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma have failed to convince and Fikayo Tomori lacks experience so Chelsea could turn to Milan Skriniar.
The Slovakian is still just 24 and valued at around £60million, although Manchester City are thought to be interested in the Inter Milan defender.
Chelsea will hope to be busy in the January transfer window if their ban is lifted
Chelsea could target Milan Skriniar as they look to strengthen in central defence
Ruben Dias (Benfica)
Dias offers a viable alternative to Skriniar and is unlikely to cost as much as the Nerazzuri ace, although he has established himself as first-choice for Portugal.
The centre-back has played every minute of Benfica’s league campaign so far this season and has previously been linked with a move to England.
Football.London claim Chelsea scouts went to watch the 22-year-old play against Porto earlier this season and Dias would represent a long-term investment for the Blues.
Manchester United and Wolves were both previously in for the Portuguese ace, with the Red Devils still keeping tabs on him despite the signing of Harry Maguire in the summer.
Ruben Dias is also being scouted by Manchester United
Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain)
Cesar Azpilicueta has endured a dismal run of form in the opening stages of the season, casting doubt over his future at the club.
Reece James has already been identified as a ready-made replacement for Azpilicueta, although the youngster suffered a nasty injury in the summer and is still sidelined.
In the meantime, Lampard could turn to Thomas Meunier with the Belgian ace running down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
He is not first-choice at the Parc des Princes and could sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer next summer of move in January for a bargain price.
Thomas Meunier is running down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain
Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)
Injury to Emerson Palmieri has increased the strain on the Chelsea squad, with the left-back having established himself ahead of Marcos Alonso in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
It remains to be seen if Alonso has a place in Lampard’s plans but the acquisition of Sergi Roberto would hand the Blues boss more alternatives at full-back.
Roberto can play on either flank as well as in midfield and possesses a wealth of experience, having made his Barcelona debut in 2010.
The Spaniard’s contract expires in 2022 so the Catalan Club may look to sell now before losing him on the cheap, although Roberto’s versatility means he could still be useful to Ernesto Valverde.
Sergi Roberto would be a versatile addition to Lampard’s squad
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
Arsenal were interested in Ryan Fraser this summer but instead completed a deal for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
Fraser will be out of contract in the summer and is stalling over signing a new deal at the Vitality Stadium, offering encouragement to potential suitors.
The Scottish international is only 25 and a greater long-term prospect than the likes of Pedro and Willian who are both the wrong side of 30.
However, Fraser would have to compete with new arrival Christian Pulisic and the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi who is on the comeback trail following injury.
Ryan Fraser is yet to sign a new deal at Bournemouth
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
The signing of Pulisic was designed as a replacement for the departing Hazard, although there is speculation surrounding a move for another attacking midfielder to fill the void.
Wilfried Zaha handed in a transfer request this summer but a move to Arsenal fell through as the Gunners baulked at his £80m price tag.
Chelsea were reportedly happy to pay that price and Zaha would be eligible to play in the Champions League due to Crystal Palace’s lack of European action.
Football.London suggest the Ivorian as a potential target for the Blues in January, but Zaha would face a tough battle on his hands to nail down a starting spot at Stamford Bridge.
Wilfried Zaha handed in a transfer request at Crystal Palace in the summer