There will surely be money to spend for Jose Mourinho in January, with Chelsea not quite performing as well as they were expected to under 'The Special One'. Olly Dawes looks ahead...
Chelsea have had an up and down start to Jose Mourinho's second spell as Blues manager, defeating Schalke and Manchester City, but also suffering shock defeats to Everton and Newcastle United.
The main problem surrounding Mourinho's side is the lack of goals being scored by their strikers, with Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba all struggling to hit the back of net, and whilst Romelu Lukaku can't stop scoring for Everton having been loaned out, it seems Mourinho will target a new striker in the January transfer window. Here are three players that may become new Blues in January...
Doria, Botafogo - £8m
Despite being just 18, Brazilian youngster Doria has played almost 50 games for Botafogo and has attracted the interest of some of Europe's biggest sides, including Barcelona. AC Milan and Chelsea. In fact, the teenager even earned his first Brazil cap against Bolivia in April, demonstrating his rise to stardom. Chelsea may choose to let David Luiz leave if a good enough offer comes in, and youth is needed in the heart of defence with John Terry about to hit his 33rd birthday, with Doria able to become a starter at Stamford Bridge for years to come.
Sami Khedira, Real Madrid - £30m/part exchange
Khedira was one of Mourinho's favourites during their time together at Real Madrid, and new boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly interesting in adding Chelsea midfielder Ramires to his squad, after bringing the former Benfica man to Chelsea in 2010. That has sparked rumours of a potential swap deal between the two clubs, with Khedira supposedly hoping for a reunion with Mourinho. Chelsea have so many attacking players in midfield, and adding a tough player like Khedira would give them more balance.
Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray - £25m
As alluded to earlier, Chelsea's strikers are struggling to find the net. Demba Ba appears to be on his way out of the club anyway, with Arsenal and Valencia keen on the 28 year old, and reports earlier in the week suggested that Mourinho had been given the green light to spend money on a new striker, and Yilmaz could be high on his list of targets. Mourinho was interested in the Turkish international in the summer, but wasn't able to strike a deal, and now will seemingly return with an improved offer.
Money will be available for Mourinho in the New Year, with Chelsea enduring an inconsistent start. A defensive midfielder and a striker are set to be top of the list in terms of targets, as Chelsea look to recover their season and compete to the very end in both the Premier League and the Champions League. The potential sale of Ramires could free up more funds for Mourinho, whilst Kevin de Bruyne and Juan Mata continue to be linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.
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