There doesn’t seem to be a day where the Blues aren’t linked to new players with the January transfer window now open, fans are starting to get just a bit excited to see who will be coming in when Maurizio Sarri gets his second opportunity to shape the squad.
 
Talk of a potential four-window transfer ban hitting the club in the summer is escalating business at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea could line up quite differently come February 1st and the start of next season.
 
CFCnet look at how Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea could line up if these players are brought straight into the first team selection (they could end up on the bench but in this case it’s just as example);
 
Goalkeeper – Kepa Arrizabalaga
No surprises here, after splashing out a world-record fee (£71.1m) for a goalkeeper in the summer transfer window, Sarri has his first choice in Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
 
Right-back – César Azpilicueta
There are still doubts over the Spaniard long-term future under Maurizio Sarri, but bulk spends on other players could see Azpilicueta remain for another season at least. Elseid Hysaj at Napoli has long been linked as a Sarri favourite however.
 
Central-defence (NEW) – Mats Hummels
Maurizio Sarri, say the Daily Star, has made a centre-back a number one priority transfer this month and there a multiple reports suggesting Bayern Munich are ready to meet the Blues to do a deal around £30 million for Mats Hummels. Plenty of experience and pedigree, could be the reliable centre-back Sarri craves.
 
Central-defence – Antonio Rudiger
The German has established himself as reliable starter under the manager this season and has been a constant performer in the club’s bid for top four and potential silverware this season.
 
Left-back – Marcos Alonso
A few weeks back CFCnet were talking about a transfer move for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, however all interested clubs were dealt a blow after the Brazilian recently signed a new deal until 2023. As such, Marcos Alonso could yet be a starter again next season – despite a mixed season this time around.
 
Midfielder – N’Golo Kante
No explanation here, the Frenchman is integral to the midfield and has been since arriving from a title-winning Leicester City side.
 
Midfielder – Jorginho
A Maurizio Sarri signing from Napoli this past summer and already a fan favourite for his range of passing and control of the midfield.
 
Midfielder (NEW) – Nabil Fekir
Chelsea are likely to see Mateo Kovacic leave in the summer with his loan deal up at the end of the season from Real Madrid.
Fekir has been linked to Stamford Bridge and has impressed once again at Lyon this season, including in the Champions League that involved a group including Manchester City.
The Blues could very well look to do a deal in January say talkSPORT, with Lyon knowing they will have to sell soon to maximise the Frenchman’s value – his contract runs down in 2020.
 
Right-side attack (DONE DEAL) – Christian Pulisic
The USA international has taken the Bundesliga and his country by storm, and he’s still only 20. Chelsea at one point were expected to face an almighty tussle to sign him, however almost without any fuss, the Blues confirmed the signing on Wednesday – with Pulisic heading back to Dortmund on-loan until the end of the season.
 
Left-side attack – Eden Hazard
Chelsea’s main priority in the coming months will be tying up the Belgian to a long-term lucrative contract, fending off any further interest from Real Madrid. If the Blues can do that then the club will be in safe hands going forward, and be a more attractive option for future incoming transfers.
 
Striker (NEW) – Gonzalo Higuain
It’s no surprise to see the Argentine in this list, although it may take some doing to get him to Stamford Bridge. Higuain is currently on-loan at AC Milan from Juventus, so it will take agreements from two clubs rather than one to get this done in January.
If Higuain isn’t an option then the club may very well pursue Callum Wilson at Bournemouth who is rumoured to be priced at an affordable £30 million.

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