After a memorable summer transfer window, all eyes will be on Chelsea once again when the January version opens for business in a few weeks time.
After securing a fourth-place finish in their first season under Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s hierarchy made the decision to loosen the purse strings over the summer and splash the cash in an attempt to bridge the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
New additions were expected, but even the most confident Chelsea supporters probably did not expect the level of business that the club actually managed to conclude.
As well as strengthening the goalkeeping and defensive areas with the additions of Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell, they also significantly bolstered their attacking options with the additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who have both been in fine form in recent weeks.
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Though Chelsea did land one central midfielder in the shape of Kai Havertz, who joined the Stamford Bridge outfit in a club-record deal, they were unable to add a new defensive-midfielder to their ranks despite being heavily linked with West Ham and England ace Declan Rice throughout the window.
Even though the transfer window has been closed since October 5, Chelsea have continued to be regularly linked with a move for the midfielder, despite the Hammers understood to be wanting a fee of around £70million to part with his services.
Although Lampard, who will be looking to lead his team to a third straight Premier League victory when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime, is a big fan of Rice, the Blues may be forced to explore alternative targets due to the Hammers’ demands.
According to a report by Eurosport, Chelsea have already identified one potential alternative to…