Two Chelsea wingers are transfer targets for European teams

Florent Malouda

Chelsea have been looking at bringing in signings in January, but don't forget they could be letting players go too.

Call it a distraction from the horror loss at home to QPR, but the transfer talk this January at Chelsea has not stopped.

Demba Ba looks a near certainty, while Falcao looks more unlikely, the club's targets are changing by the day.

But we are here to discuss two players who could be exiting, at least if their suitors have anything to do with it.

Kevin de Bruyne

German newspaper Bild has claimed Kevin de Bruyne is a target for Schalke. Part of the reason they convinced Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to sign a new contract was their pledge to sign new players to strengthen the team and De Bruyne could be part of that. De Bruyne is of course on loan at fellow Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, and no move would materialise until the expiry of that loan at the end of the season. This would fit Schalke ideally, who stand to lose Lewis Holtby when his contract expires - the German has been linked with signing a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham. Bild claim that Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg are both keen on signing De Bruyne and will attempt to convince Chelsea to sell. However the Blues are unlikely to want to sell him - He hasn't played a game for them yet as he has been on loan the whole time.

Florent Malouda

It is no secret Chelsea outcast Florent Malouda is keen on a move, but he was in the summer and it didn't materialise. Now he has been given fresh hope. French side Evian have emerged as candidates for his signature, write french outlet Le Dauphine. Evian are currently 17th in Ligue One, three points above the relegation zone, but are likely to be locked in a survival battle between now and the end of the season. Malouda may have dreamt of a bigger move to Lyon or Marseille, but given his lack of playing time he may have to take what he can get. Evian are said to have sent a delegation to negotiate with Chelsea, so this is one to watch and may flush out other suitors for the winger's signature.

Where should Malouda sign? Should they fight he keep hold of De Bruyne?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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