Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Where could Graham Potter and Chelsea be looking to strengthen during the January transfer window?

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While Chelsea might have been smelling the chance to lay down another marker over the weekend, Graham Potter was hit with a nightmare return to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.

Eventually suffering a shock 4-1 drumming away at his former employers, Potter also saw his unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge come to an abrupt end.

Although the former Premier League champions might have booked their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, it has been suggested that the new Chelsea hierarchy could once again be looking to break the bank in January.

Welcoming the likes of England international Raheem Sterling to west London over the summer, it is expected that Potter will be backed in the market.

Embarking on a real overhaul in their recruitment department behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, we have taken a look at who could be on Chelsea’s wishlist in January.

Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig

Once again finding the net as RB Leipzig claimed a deserved 2-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, Christopher Nkunku finds himself in the midst of a real purple patch.

However, while the German outfit might be within striking distance of booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, the 24-year-old has been heavily linked with an English switch.

Already mustering 13 strikes across all formats since opening the 2022/23 campaign, many Chelsea fans were excited last month as it was suggested that Nkunku had already completed his medical with the Premier League giants.

Although Potter’s side might have failed to strike an official deal with Leipzig, Sky Sports reported on Friday that a deal is close to being agreed for the eight-cap France international.

While Nkunku might have only signed a new two-year extension with Leipzig earlier this year, it is believed that Nkunku is desperate to secure a move to west London.

Jeremie Frimpong – Bayer Leverkusen

While Chelsea might have shocked many over the summer as they spent £60million in a deal for ex-Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, it appears that Potter is looking to recruit another full-back in January.

With it confirmed that England international Reece James looks set to miss this year’s World Cup after suffering a knee injury against AC Milan on October 11th, the Blues reportedly have their sights set on a potential replacement.

Although Bayer Leverkusen might be in the midst of a real Bundesliga nightmare this season, Jeremie Frimpong finds his stock at a red-hot high.

Shortlisted for Holland’s World Cup squad and impressing since making the move from Celtic last year, Sports Illustrated are reporting that Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.

However, while the talented right-back might have also notched five domestic strikes since opening the 2022/23 campaign, it has been suggested that Potter’s side could face some fierce competition when the window reopens.

Moisés Caicedo – Brighton

Putting in another stellar display on Saturday afternoon as Brighton picked up that 4-1 romp against Chelsea, Moisés Caicedo has only continued to gain a string of plaudits over recent months.

Really bursting onto the scene at the Amex, the 20-year-old appears to be a man in demand and was heavily linked with a potential blockbuster move over the summer.

With it reported over the summer that Liverpool were eyeing up a swoop for the Ecuador international, it is no secret that Potter is a huge fan of Caicedo an English debut last year.

With continued suggestions that N’Golo Kante could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season, Chelsea are keen on adding more midfield depth when the window reopens.

However, while The Metro might be reporting that Potter is keen on making a swoop for Caicedo when the window reopens, it is believed that the Seagulls are demanding a fee in the region of £85million.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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