Can Chelsea still make a splash this transfer window?

Chelsea's pre-window dream of splashing £50 million on Falcao and the like appears to be falling by the wayside. Will Demba Ba be the only arrival or is there more to come?

Chelsea came into this transfer windows as one of the club's most likely to 'make a splash' and have a big impact this January.

As it stands, they have spent less money than they have received, bringing in Demba Ba for £7 million and selling Daniel Sturridge for £12 million.

It's a far cry from the early predictions; up front the Blues were linked with signing Falcao for a staggering £48 million, and Alvaro Negredo for £15 million.

In midfielder £15 million Benat was discussed as a possibility, while rumours swirled of a £25 million swoop for Everton's Marouane Fellaini.

Right now, there don't appear to be any imminent arrivals, leaving Chelsea fans wondering if there will be any at all?

There is under a week to go until the transfer window closes next Thursday night, so it's really time for the Chelsea board to get their skates on if they do intend to bring new players in.

It can happen; when they brought in Fernando Torres in 2011, it was a switch which developed in the final three-four days of the window, and hadn't seemed at all realistic beforehand.

The semi-final elimination by Swansea was disappointing, as it would have opened up a clear route to silverware, and kept a feelgood factor flowing around the club.

Chelsea now need a lift from somewhere, their win over Arsenal prior to the trip to Wales was a big result, but the squad could do with a big name acquisition to get fans excited again.

The problem is that Roman Abramovich spent so much in the summer, that he will be reticent to do so again for the sake of it. Rafa Benitez' 'interim' status doesn't exactly scream long-term either, which makes bringing in big names tricky.

The owner may elect to save his cash for when the season is over, and hand it all to the next manager to spend.

If there is one area the club need to strengthen, it is up front. Chelsea have just Torres and Ba, and they realised just how flimsy that axis was in the first leg against Swansea when neither were fully fit.

Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon is one name linked, expect to see more over the coming days. If Chelsea do have any faint hopes of winning the title this season, then they need a little spark. The question is who will provide it?

Is there a big arrival still to come for Chelsea? Who would you like to see?

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