Chelsea transfer guide: Hiddink closing in on mega £60m deal? Top targets ranked

Chelsea transfer guide: Hiddink closing in on mega £60m deal? Top targets ranked

first_imgChelsea could be busy in the January transfer window.Guus Hiddink may have sparked a few players into life since his arrival at Stamford Bridge shortly before Christmas, but the Dutchman may still be keen to strengthen his options as he looks to save the Blues from further embarrassment in the second half of the season.With this in mind, talkSPORT has assessed the players rumoured to be at the top of Chelsea’s wish list.Take a look at our ranking by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6 6. Amadou Diawara (Bologna) – continue reading our ranking of Chelsea’s top mid-season targets by clicking the arrow above! –

Position: striker

Position: striker

The Guinean midfielder, described as ‘a Serie A wonderkid’ and having drawn comparisons to Stamford Bridge favourite Michael Essien, is said to be a top target for Chelsea this month, with reports claiming that his representatives have been in London to begin negotiations over a possible move this month. Despite being contracted to Bologna until 2020, the Italian outfit will accept an offer in the region of £10m. Chelsea’s midfield has been arguably their weakest area this term, with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas having shocked the Premier League with their poor form. While Diawara would be boost to options in the centre of the park, is Hiddink likely to entrust an inexperienced teenager in such a challenging campaign and an unfamiliar top flight? Not only this, but his signing may push fan-favourite Ruben Loftus-Cheek further down the pecking order. 6 5. Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) –

Position: striker

Position: striker

While Chelsea have improved under Guus Hiddink, their performances before the Dutchman’s arrival certainly haven’t been forgotten. What was more alarming than their lack of attacking threat, was the number of goals they leaked in at the other end. Increasing his options in defence, therefore, could be a priority for Hiddink. Along with John Stones, Marquinhos is a top defensive target for Chelsea and he could be the more realistic at this stage in the season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is expected to reject any offer(s) for Stones this month, so the Blues may have to wait until the end of the campaign to table a new bid after their failed attempts last summer. At a similar price to the Englishman, however, he would have to make an instant impact. 6 4. Isco (Real Madrid) –

Position: striker

Position: striker

Position: striker

Isco has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and could be the subject of a number of enticing offers this month. Reports have claimed that Real will listen to bids of at least £35m, and he could persuade new manager Zinedine Zidane to consider granting him an exit to boost his reputation ahead of Euro 2016. Manchester City are rumoured to have held talks with the Spaniard, but Chelsea are, allegedly, keen to scupper any possible deal for their rivals’ with an offer of their own. With Alex Teixeira also a target and seeming to be the most likely signing for the club in January, it’s difficult to envisage two attacking midfielders arriving at Stamford Bridge. A move for Isco, thus, could depend upon Chelsea’s progress with Teixeira. 6 3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) –

Position: striker

Position: striker

Position: striker

While many will dispute the England international’s price tag, given his importance to his club this season, the Foxes will likely only listen to mighty offers – and rightly so. Claudio Ranieri’s side have drifted ever so slightly from top spot over the festive period, suggesting that their delightful bubble may have burst amid the hectic Premier League schedule. It could be this, therefore, that tempts Leicester owners’ into cashing in now – while the forward’s valuation remains high. With his confidence in England’s top flight high, Vardy could be an excellent mid-season signing for the Blues, even if he is a little pricey. 6 2. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) –

Position: striker

Position: striker

Position: striker

The Brazilian has regularly been linked with Chelsea over the past few months, suggesting that the move is as good as done. The Blues are said to be in advanced talks over a £30m deal and confirmation could therefore be announced sooner rather than later, despite Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu insisting otherwise. Teixeira is typically deployed in the number 10 role, and perhaps he could be a replacement for Oscar – who has struggled to cement a regular starting place since his arrival in 2012. 6 1. Carlos Bacca (AC Milan) –

Position: striker

Position: striker

Position: striker

Bacca is the latest player to be named on Chelsea’s wish list. The striker made the move to the San Siro in the summer, but having scored 10 goals in 26 appearances already for the Rossoneri this season, he has caught the Blues’ attention. What’s more, crucially, the forward is eligible to play in the Champions League. With his 30th birthday to come next September, though, £30m would be an investment that the club are unlikely to recover. But at this stage in the campaign, signing a player that can compete in the elite European competition could force Chelsea to spend big.last_img

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