Marina Granovskaia has identified Chelsea’s top transfer target ahead of the January window

The wait is almost over.

There is now less than a week to go until the January transfer window opens for business, meaning Premier League clubs will soon be set free off the leash in an attempt to bolster their respective squads ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Whilst the January window could act as a saviour for some clubs, particularly those at the bottom of the table trying to fend off the prospect of relegation, it could also be a period that makes or breaks a club’s Premier League title or top-four push.

For Chelsea, following a massive recruitment drive during the summer, which saw them spend more than £220million on new talent, January is likely to be a quiet period, with not many new additions, if any, expected.

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Head coach Frank Lampard, who will be hoping to see a response from his players when they face Aston Villa this teatime following Boxing Day’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, strengthened throughout the team during the summer, drafting in the likes of Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

Though the Blues did get deals over the line for seven new additions during the summer, they failed to land one of their top targets in the shape of West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice.

The 21-year-old defensive-midfield enforcer, who started his career at Stamford Bridge before joining the Hammers in 2014, was continuously linked with a return to west London throughout the summer, but Chelsea were unable to match their Premier League counterparts’ valuation of £80million.

However, as the January window edges closer and closer, the Blues are once again being closely linked with his services, as Lampard looks to strengthen his midfield options.

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