Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Manchester City in the Premier League and the FA Cup, pressure is building on Graham Potter to get results.
An inconsistent first part of the campaign leaves the London club sitting 10th in the table after their 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
Chelsea have questions regarding the current midfield makeup, with N’Golo Kante injured and Jorginho struggling for consistent form. There is also a desire for better attacking play as the Blues have struggled to find the net on numerous occasions.
Updated Chelsea transfers
|Jan. 1, 2023||Gabriel Slonina||Chicago Fire (USA)||End of loan|
|Jan. 1, 2023||David Fofana||Molde (Norway)||€12m (£10.6m)|
|Jan. 5, 2023||Benoit Badiashile||AS Monaco (France)||€38m (£33.5m)|
|Jan. 6, 2023||Andrey Santos||Vasco da Gama||€12.5m (£11m)|
|Jan. 11, 2023||Joao Felix||Atletico Madrid (Spain)||Six-month loan deal (€11m / £9.69m fee)|
Latest Chelsea transfer news, rumors
The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Chelsea transfer news as the January window approaches. Below are updates on World Cup sensation Enzo Fernandez, central defender Josko Gvardiol and right-back Josip Juranovic
New technical director Christopher Vivell is taking charge of the club’s player recruitment for the first time this winter. The Blues are reportedly attempting to operate “in stealth mode” this winter according to one report. But in addition to the big names below, there are notable rumors floating on the following players:
- Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Marcus Thuram with the club reportedly understood to have submitted a tempting offer (Nathan Gissing).
- Blues tracking Southampton’s Romeo Lavia (James Olley)
- N’Golo Kante is in talks with Chelsea about extending his contract (Fabrizio Romano).
- Following the World Cup, Chelsea were linked with Croatian defenders Josko Gvardiol (Simon Phillips) and Josip Janovic (Football.London).
Chelsea confirm loan deal for Joao Felix
The Blues have announced the loan signing of Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix.
Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea will pay about €11 million for six months of Felix on loan, and that Felix chose to join Chelsea ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United. The player has also signed a contract extension with Atletico until June 2027.
In addition to the loan fee, Chelsea will pay Felix’s wages in full for the duration, and there is no buy option in the deal. Having flown to London on January 10 to undergo his medical, just 24 hours later the club officially announced his signing.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 11, 2023
Blues tracking Brighton trio Mac Allister, Trossard, Caicedo
A litany of Brighton Hove & Albion players are in the rumour mill this summer, and Chelsea are right in the thick of the links. It’s no surprise, as boss Graham Potter came over from Brighton and surely still has a good relationship with those at the club.
The most notable player on the market is midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who surprised as a starter through the World Cup as Argentina emerged as champions. The 24-year-old just signed a new contract at Brighton this fall but is still a wanted man, with Brighton CEO Paul Barber confirming heavy interest.
Chelsea have also, however, been linked to interest in Leandro Trossard and Moises Caicedo as they search for other options. Football.London confirms that Caicedo, just 21 years old, is of interest to the club, as is Belgian international Trossard who is out of contract this summer.
Making these deals difficult is the fact that Barber has stated the club will not be doing business in January, meaning clubs may have to wait until the summer to pounce.
Chelsea deal for Enzo Fernandez stumbling
After starring at the World Cup for winners Argentina, Enzo Fernandez has been linked with several major sides across Europe, with Chelsea among the potential frontrunners for the 21-year-old.
Benfica president Rui Costa was quoted as telling DAZN in Italy that they could sell the midfielder as soon as January if he wanted a move.
While the club came out afterwards to reject such a possibility, it seems the Blues are trying to forcing Benfica’s arm.
Gianluca Di Marzio reported on January 2 that Fernandez may soon sign for Chelsea with the side willing to pay €127 million (£112m) in instalments.
A few days later, however, Record claimed that the Blues aren’t yet meeting the required release clause with a possible deal now close to falling apart.
Watch Chelsea in Premier League: TV channels, live streams
|Hong Kong||—||Now TV|
|India||Star Sports||Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport||Astro Go|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport Now, Sky Go|
|UK||Sky Sports, BT Sport||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime|
|USA||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).