The Blues will be allowed to sign players in January since their transfer ban was halved to one transfer window.
The Premier League club, Chelsea FC, were given a huge boost recently after their two-window transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), meaning that the London-based club can now sign players in the upcoming January transfer window.
FIFA had banned the outfit from signing any players in the market after being found guilty of breaching the rules regarding transfer of younger players. This is the reason why Chelsea FC could not add to their squad before the start of the campaign.
Frank Lampard, in his first year as manager, has done a decent job without having the chance to make his favoured signings. The Englishman will now have a chance to make some recruitment which could bolster the squad and improve their chances in the various competitions they are involved in.
Therefore, we take a look at the five ideal transfer targets for Chelsea FC that shall be considered in the winter transfer window:
5. Timo Werner
Timo Werner has been linked with several top European clubs of late due to a decent start in Bundesliga. He has 19 goals and provided nine assists from 21 games in all competitions so far this season.
The RB Leipzig forward would be an ideal signing as his current employers have already lined up his replacement in Erling Braut Haaland, who could move clubs for cheap due to a clause in his contract.
With Olivier Giroud slated to leave the club, Timo Werner could fit perfectly in the system which Lampard employs. His pace and ability to play as a striker or as an attacking winger could make for a sensational signing.
4. Ben Chilwell
The left-back position has been a cause for worry for some time at Chelsea. Their defensive record this season has been dismal and immediate recruitment is needed in that area.
Ben Chilwell is on the radar of several Premier League clubs and with the current form Leicester City find themselves in, it will be tough to lure the Englishman away. His current market value is in the region of £30 million but the Foxes could demand way more than that.
The current left-back options in Marcos Alonso and Emerson have delivered inconsistently with their defensive work rate lagging off the mark. It is clear that, in order to remain amongst the top-four places, Chelsea needs to stop leaking goals.
Ben Chilwell has emerged as an all-round full-back who does his defensive duties well and also proves to be a threat while going forward.
3. Dayot Upamecano
Several media reports coming out of Europe had suggested that Chelsea are ready to make a monumental offer to RB Leipzig in the region of £96 million for both Dayot Upamecano and Timo Werner.
Picking up on the leakage of goals in the current campaign, injuries to their centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have forced Lampard to play Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori and the pair has failed to vastly impress.
The 21-year-old defender from France has established himself as one of the best in Bundesliga and securing his signature could solve the defensive woes for many years down the line.
2. Nathan Ake
Another defensive option that Chelsea could look towards is Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake. The defender is a hot property among the Premier League clubs and several bids are rumored to be lined up for him. He has an ample amount of experience of playing regularly in the top flight and has been a decent performer on a consistent basis.
The Dutch international left the Blues after several loan periods and joined his current employers on a permanent basis back in 2017.
In order to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will have to shell out in excess of £40 million for the 24-year-old.
1. Wilfried Zaha
The Englishman is considered to be one of the best wingers in the league outside of the ‘big six’ clubs and has made a strong case of wanting to play for a side offering European football.
Chelsea has had a mixed performance from their usual wingers in Pedro and Willian on the right flank. While Zaha chiefly operates on the left, Christian Pulisic could move towards the right side of the attack, allowing Lampard to engineer a deadly striking force.
However, the 27-year-old is valued around £60 million by the Eagles, which could prove to be expensive but a risk worth taking.