Top 5 players Chelsea could sign in January 2019
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Players Chelsea could sign in January 2019

Strikers, midfielders, defenders, goalkeepers and players Chelsea could sign in January? Here we look at the latest news about the top players Chelsea could sign in January.

A few of Chelsea latest signings 2019 have been interesting and the Chelsea transfer targets list 2019 is very impressing. So far we have not seen any huge transfers. So which player will Chelsea sign in January? We point out players that are considered on top at Chelsea transfer targets list in January transfer window. So which players could Chelsea FC sign in January 2019?

Top players Chelsea will sign in January 2019

Another season for the Blues where the balance in the team is not quite alright; another season where Eden Hazard might leave at the end of it and most importantly it is another season with a new manager demanding players of his type and the board refusing to accept his demands.

Top 5 players Chelsea could sign in January 2019

Players Chelsea could sign in January - Mauro Icardi

Top 5 players Chelsea could sign in January

Things are all but a little too familiar at Chelsea with the club unable to mount a sustainable model despite a complicated business structure at the club. The recruitment, youth system and scouting is all commanded by Roman Abramovichs’ second in command, Marina Granovskaia.

In terms of business, she has achieved results with the club revenues finally crossing the green mark of profit last year but the model hardly seems stable, despite what she might want us to believe.

Player’s above 30 not given more than one year extension on their contracts may sound smart but footballers are individuals. Certainly the extent of Giggs’ career, or the genius of Pirlo was not realised until their late 30s. The biggest eye opener for Chelsea for Drogba’s return at 36 to guide the Blues to a league title.

Then there is the unstable youth system which has seen close to 40 players loaned out could also spell doom if UEFA’s new rule of having no more than 8 loaned players comes into effect next season.

The final reason for instability could be the continuous shuffle of the manager; did the Chelsea board not know Conte and Sarri will not be able to work with similar players?

Why then are they so reluctant to hand tools to an engineer who has been hired to craft a winning team. In an ideal world, we would have the Chelsea board not roll over backwards but at least be a little more open-minded to their manager’s needs to produce a winning team rather than their desire to fantastic business over the commodity they call a footballer.

If things did go well; let us think of 5 players who we believe could be ideal to make Chelsea a threat in Europe again.

#1 Mauro Icardi

The source of every problem has been the lack of a striker ever since Diego Costa romped off to Brazil after falling out with Antonio Conte. Morata has been sub-par to say the least and Giroud was never going to win the Ballon d’Or at Chelsea.

Batshuayi was always going to be the backup with Tammy Abraham, a “Chelsea product on loan”. The hallmark of any big team is to have the ability to bang in goals. Kane for Tottenham; Messi at Barcelona; Aguero at Manchester City; and to the heartbreak of Chelsea fans, Salah at Liverpool.

Keeping this in mind, we feel Icardi could be the ideal number nine to wear the Blue jersey. There is no doubting his quality. The man is a lethal finisher, brings others into the game, has captained an average Inter side to multiple victories thereby proving his ability to not shy away from a challenge.

Next to Hazard, Icardi could wreak havoc for the Premier League defenders.

Read also: Chelsea to make a move for Mauro Icardi

Players Chelsea could sign in January - Leandro Paredes#2 Leandro Paredes

To all Chelsea fans, who do not know this player in detail; this is a midfielder who can tackle, pick out a pass and score some stunning dead-ball free-kicks. Paredes was brought in from Roma where his career never really took off but in Zenit, the Argentine managed to show his class.

He has the eye for a pass which ranges from four to forty yards. He loves to get in the middle of action making him a perfect holding midfielder in Maurizio Sarri’s team. Chelsea’s hunt for Fabregas could not only end with this player but Jorginho could find himself struggling for first team action if Paredes manages to find his feet in the English league.

Read also: Chelsea close in on Fabregas’ replacement

#3 Malcom

Barcelona offered to take Willian away in exchange for Malcom and £55m in cash. This might not go down well with some Chelsea fans but let’s look at things objectively.

We know how Chelsea refuse to give more than a year’s contract extension to players north of 30 which means Willian sooner rather than later is going to entangle himself in a contract war with the club. Moreover, the tricky dribbler from Brazil has a consistency level worse than Morata in his performances. Sure, he comes through as a match-winner once in 10 matches, but the other nine occasions, he moves the ball around and delivers set-pieces.

In exchange, Chelsea would be getting money more than they can get for a 30 year old plus a 21 year old winger with a left foot, an outlet Chelsea desperately need on their right flank to increase their variety in attack.

#4 Nathan Ake

Homecoming tales in football are often made of dreams and fantasies. Fabregas returned to Barcelona to win the Champions League, Luiz came back to Chelsea to win the Premier League and now former Chelsea academy product Nathan Ake could be the next hair-style trendsetter to follow in the footsteps of Luiz.

Ake has been brilliant in a fantastic Bournemouth team under boss Howe. The player has developed into a hard-tackling, technically solid defender who can fill in both at left back and at centre back. His young age and experience of the Premier League would mean that Chelsea should definitely consider using their buy-back clause to get Ake back to Stamford Bridge.

#5 Elseid Hysaj

Chelsea’s backup full back Davide Zappacosta is a bigger liability in defence than Eden Hazard not tracking back. The Italian is all about rolling the ball about to take on a shot from an angle no matter how ridiculous.

He needs replacing and Sarri’s former player Hysaj could just be the man. Hysaj knows what it is to play and succeed in a Sarri system. He also has the pace and versatility to succeed in the Premier League.

Most importantly with Azpilicueta already 29 and Chelsea’s board basically setting the retirement age at 30 at the club, we might need a new player at that position on a full-time basis sooner rather than later.

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