Signing Chelsea duo could save Fulham's Premier League life

6th January 2019, Craven Cottage, London, England; Emirates FA Cup third round football, Fulham versus Oldham Athletic; Fulham Manager Claudio Ranieri looks on from the dugout

Claudio Ranieri's Fulham are reportedly hoping to sign Chelsea duo Michy Batshuayi and Gary Cahill in the January transfer window.

Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham gives instructions during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Southampton FC at Craven Cottage on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Fulham need reinforcements at both ends of the pitch.

Not only are they crying out for centre-backs with The Cottagers’ defensive record ranking as the worst in the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri could do with a new striker too with the over-reliance on Aleksandar Mitrovic proving a problem in recent months.

So signing two players from local rivals Chelsea would go a long way to aiding Fulham’s survival bid.

 

According to The Standard, Fulham are close to signing 33-year-old Gary Cahill while Michy Batshuayi is another Blues outcast on Ranieri’s radar.

The Mirror believes that Fulham are keen on Batshuayi, whose transfer value has tumbled to just £14 million after returning to Stamford Bridge from an underwhelming loan spell from Valencia. Cahill, meanwhile, is expected to arrive on a short-term loan.

Gary Cahill of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.

And, should Cahill and Batshuayi arrive in a bargain double-deal, they would be two very welcome additions for a team who are conceding too many at one end and not scoring enough at the other.

Ranieri told BT Sport that his side need a leader and 33-year-old Cahill, who has won almost everything there is at Chelsea, certainly fits the bill.

Batshuayi, meanwhile, showed in spells at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund that he can be a reliable source of goals if given regular starts.

Michy Batshuayi of Valencia CF during the La Liga Santander  match between Deportivo Alaves v Valencia at the Estadio de Mendizorroza on January 5, 2019 in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain

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