5 Potential Chelsea Transfer Targets As The New Window Approaches

Updated: December 16, 2014

Although recent results have been a little mixed, it’s unlikely that the Blues will invest too heavily when the market opens again next month. They head the Premier league betting list by some margin but perhaps Jose will strengthen in one or two key areas to maintain that challenge.

Here are 5 potential winter signings:

Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen)

Jose Mourinho has apparently had scouts watching the Bayer Leverkusen man and it’s easy to see why. The winger would inject a significant amount of speed into the Chelsea team, and is known for his ability to take on opponents combining that pace with fine close control. What might well appeal to the manager though is the German’s ability off the ball, as he’s known for hard work and in-game intelligence.

Mourinho, who favours a tactical battle, could well have another cog for the Chelsea works here. The only negative could be that Mo Salah’s move hasn’t quite worked out, and Bellarabi does have a similar skill set.

Kevin Strootman (AS Roma)

Injury threatened to derail Kevin Strootman’s career as a glittering start to life at Roma, and a World Cup absence, were both put on hold. The Dutchman is back now though, and many are insisting he will be stronger than ever before. Strootman’s an all action, all conquering central midfielder and someone the Blues could look at as a true Frank Lampard replacement. Also, without Fabregas, Chelsea have looked a little light on the creativity front in midfield, and Strootman would really be a shot in the arm.

He is strong, smart and able to move between defence and attack with ease. He’s got excellent quality on the ball too, and is set to become one of the best midfielders in world football over the next few years. Chelsea will have to move quickly though, as the 24-year-old remains Louis Van Gaal’s dream signing for Manchester United.

Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona)

The Barcelona teen sensation apparently wants out of the club in January, albeit only on loan. Chelsea are reportedly interested in the player, who has also made his debut with Spain. The striker is quick, sharp in the penalty area and is adept in build-up play.

Also, Munir’s qualities off the ball are underrated, with the 19-year-old known for tracking back and easing the work load on the midfield. He can be deployed as a central striker, second striker or out wide. Chelsea grabbing him could be an inspired deal, and be a nice sweetener in terms of Financial Fair Play.

Mattia Destro (AS Roma)

With Diego Costa having his injury trouble, and Didier Drogba not getting any younger, a move for former target Mattia Destro could be back on the cards. With Roma out of the Champions League too, there could be a need for funds to be raised at the Italian giants. Destro’s lethal in the penalty area, and a proven goalscorer in a notoriously defensively tough Serie A. While his temperament can be questioned at times, that might not well worry Mourinho who could shape the player into how he wants for the future.

The Portuguese will certainly need to eradicate the lack of a work ethic in the player, and ability to make poor passes. Destro does hit the back of the net though, and often. His movement is a nightmare for defenders especially, given his sharpness and ability to find space.

Andrej Kramaric (HNK Rijeka)

There are few strikers wanted more in Europe than the Croatian hitman. With 37 goals in 41 appearances since signing for Rijeka it’s no surprise. Could we be seeing another Mario Mandzukic here? The signs are certainly positive with the 23-year-old, who meshes physical and technical ability to his advantage.

Kramaric, as well as hitting the back of the net, is known for his ability to play the lone frontman role well, and is capable of dropping deep into midfield and out wide. The list of clubs checking out the Croatian is growing longer by the day, with the likes of Spurs and Juventus showing major interest, and with a reported fee of €10m required this could be a bargain for years to come.

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