Transfer wishlist: Chelsea must bolster depth and look to the future

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What areas do they need to strengthen?

Top of the league (albeit now alphabetically), with no team scoring more goals and only Southampton conceding fewer, Jose Mourinho could be tempted to just sit back and let the January transfer window pass him by.

But while their favoured starting XI may look strong, the Blues hierarchy could do with looking to the future.

With John Terry surely only a couple of years away from retirement, and Didier Drogba probably even closer, this window could be more about building for the years to come.

Who have they been linked with?

Wilfried Bony, Andrej Kramaric, Lionel Messi, Marco Reus, Micah Richards, Malcom Silva, Raphael Varane

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Probably pretty slim, but the tabloids were all over the fact that the four-time Ballon D’Or winner followed Chelsea, Filipe Luis and Thibault Courtois on Instagram, but doesn’t follow his current club.

With changes aplenty going on at the Catalan club, expect Chelsea to be one of the front runners should he decide he wants a move away from the Nou Camp.

 

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

It seems like the German has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for years, but nothing has yet materialised.

Of all the major moves involving international stars this one looks most likely to come off, although late interest from Real Madrid could scupper plans.

 

Micah Richards (Manchester City)

A slightly left-field selection, the full back has spent this season on loan at Fiorentina but has struggled for game-time.

He has been linked with a move to west London on a free transfer at the end of the season, providing cover for a number of defensive positions, as well as filling a slot in the clubs ‘home-grown’ quota.

 

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Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

With the Citizens looking likely to bag Wilfried Bony from Swansea, time could be called on the Bosnian’s time at Eastlands.

And with Didier Drogba’s retirement imminent in the next year or two, bagging a quality Premier League proven striker who looks prepared to act as a number two behind Diego Costa could be a shrewd move.

 

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