Forget Pogba, who else could Chelsea go after with £40 million?

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

Juventus have told Chelsea they will have to pay £40 million to sign Paul Pogba but who else could they get for that money?

Chelsea have been strongly linked with former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba over the last couple of days but midfield is not where Jose Mourinho needs to improve his squad.

Reports suggest that Juventus have told the Blues the Frenchman will cost around £40 million and while he’s an extremely talented and exciting player, Chelsea could use that money elsewhere.

One of the areas the side does need to improve is up front because Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o haven’t shown enough consistency leading Chelsea’s attack this season.

Robert Lewandowski has suggested he’s still open to a Premier League move despite heavy interest from Bayern Munich and Chelsea could try and cut the German champions out of the equation with a sizeable bid this winter.

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Lewandowski will only have half a season left to run on his contract at Borussia Dortmund when the January transfer window opens, which means his current parent side certainly can’t demand a fee anywhere close to £40 million.

Chelsea could afford to pay a decent fee for the Pole, leaving them with change which they could use to go and reinforce other areas of the squad.

Another forward that Chelsea could choose to go after is Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz, with the Turkish club’s president recently stating he wouldn’t get in the way of the player if he wanted to make a move to Stamford Bridge.

The suggested fee is around the £20 million mark, which could drop even further if Chelsea can get Demba Ba included in the deal in part exchange.

There is also FC Schalke’s Julian Draxler, one of the best attacking talents in Europe and someone who Chelsea could develop into a better player at the top of their attack.

He’s a player who could cost the Blues around the £25 million mark, pushing close to £40 million considering the significant interest in him from other sides.

Mourinho could look at using part of the winter budget to add extra cover to the back four.

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Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen has just hinted that he will consider a January move away from the Gunners, where he’s struggling to get into the first team behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Considering Chelsea are a direct rival to Arsenal and the quality of the Belgian as an experienced central defender, it could take a major chunk of any £40 million budget to force the Gunners into doing a deal.

An alternative could be FC Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala although AS Monaco are reportedly ready to pay his release clause which is valued at the £42 million mark.

There are a number of different ways that Mourinho could choose to spend a £40 million budget, but he doesn’t have to blow it all on a player he doesn’t have a direct need for in his first team squad.

The fact that players like Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne have struggled to get into the Chelsea midfield this season says it all.

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