Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Chelsea: Potential January transfer targets

Cesar Azpilicueta
Spain's third choice right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has made 19 appearances for Marseille since his move from Osasuna in 2010. A £12m bid has allegedly been sanctioned by Roman Abramovich for Villas-Boas to sign the 22-year-old to ease his defensive problems. The full-back was sidelined for six months last season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Chelsea are in a fight with Arsenal and Liverpool for the final Champions League place having struggled throughout the first half of the season.

Goals have been a problem for Andre Villas-Boas' side and he may be keen to add firepower up-front in the January transfer window. Nicolas Anelka has swapped London for Shanghai and Didier Drogba has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as well, leaving just the in-form Daniel Sturridge and the struggling Fernando Torres as first-team strikers.

Defensive problems could also see Roman Abramovich open his wallet with questions raised about David Luiz's positioning and Alex's future at the club.

Here, we profile which players Chelsea are being linked with in this January window.