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Friday 26 December 2014

Chelsea: Potential January transfer targets

Cesar Azpilicueta
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.
Kenneth Omeruo
Standard Liege youngster Kenneth Omeruo is reportedly being tracked by Chelsea who may loan him straight out to ADO Den Haag. The Nigerian U20 international centre-back joined the Belgian side last year and then played at the 2011 U20 World Cup in Columbia.
Lucas Moura
Brazilian teenage sensation Lucas Moura has reportedly attracted attention from Chelsea scouts after bursting onto the South American football scene in 2011. The 19-year-old midfielder has scored 13 goals in 52 games for Sao Paulo and has 10 international caps. He was named player of the tournament in the 2010 U20 South American championships and could attract bids of up to £25m.
Eden Hazard
Chelsea are rumoured to be planning a £25m raid on Lille for their midfield prodigy Eden Hazard. The 21-year-old French international has attracted interest from several top clubs around Europe. Lille may attempt to hold out for an offer of £33m which would match Hazard's release clause in his contract.
Givanildo 'Hulk' de Sousa
Chelsea are reportedly considering splashing funds to bring in the exciting Porto forward Hulk. The club however will be unwilling to meet the £84m release clause in the Brazilian's contract. Should the move transpire, Hulk would be reunited with former boss Villas-Boas, but the 25-year-old is contracted to the Portuguese champions until 2016.
Milos Krasic
27-year-old forward Milos Krasic has allegedly fallen out with Juventus coach Antonio Conte and as a result has played just a handful of matches this season. Chelsea are again linked with the Serbian after making contact with previous club CSKA Moscow prior to his move to the Italian giants. Krasic had been pessimistic about a move to England but may be swayed to join the Stamford Bridge club to kick-start his career.
Lucas Barrios
Lucas Barrios is another reported target for Chelsea to boost their striking options. The 27-year-old has admitted he is ready to leave Borussia Dortmund which could tempt Villas-Boas into a move. The Chilean hitman scored 16 goals in 32 games last season prompting initial interest from the club and although injury forced him to miss the early part of the season a £10m bid could secure his signature.
Edinson Cavani
The Daily Mail reported Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is high on Andre Villas Boas' agenda to find a long-term replacement for Didier Drogba, A £30m bid could tempt Napoli to sell the 6'2” Uruguayan international who has become one of Europe's hottest properties after his goalscoring exploits in the Serie A.
Marek Hamsik
Hamsik has allegedly been interested in a move to Stamford Bridge according to the players' agent. The 24-year-old could cost the Blues £35m. The Napoli forward is a versatile attacker with the ability to play in a number of positions which would add youthful flair to Chelsea's ageing team.

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.

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