Chelsea transfer news: The January deals Roman Abramovich could fund including Declan Rice

Chelsea: 2020 in review

Chelsea were the biggest-spending Premier League side by far last summer – but Frank Lampard’s rebuild is far from done, with the Blues looking to re-establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with domestically and on the continent.

Lampard brought in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge in the summer, while Malang Sarr was also signed but is currently out on loan at Porto.

But despite spending over £200million, there are still areas of the squad where Lampard will be keen to add fresh talent in the next few windows, potentially starting as soon as the imminent January window.

While summer signing Thiago Silva has impressed at the heart of defence, the Brazilian turned 36 in September and is probably unlikely to stay at the club beyond 2022, should his contract be extended before then by a year, as is expected.

That leaves Chelsea in need of more long-term centre-half options in oparticular, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen tipped to leave in the near future, while the likes of Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and Olivier Giroud are among others who could depart in the next 18 months.

So who are the players Marina Granovskaia and Lampard could look to bring to the west London outfit as early as next month? Express Sport looks at some likely targets.

Declan Rice

A not-so-surprising one to start off with, it’s pretty clear Rice is admired by Chelsea, although it is unclear whether he’s seen in the long term as a centre-back option or as a defensive midfielder.

The 21-year-old has captained West Ham regularly this term and is one of the Hammers’ most important players, meaning he would not come cheaply – with an £80m price tag previously bandied about.

It has been suggested England international Rice could even be the subject of a January swoop although it might require an even greater financial commitment than £80m to do so.’

Rice spent eight years at Chelsea in their academy and is of course lifelong best friends with Mason Mount, plus their ambitions to win Premier Leagues and Champions Leagues and the added bonus of a big salary, might sway him to leave West Ham.

Still, perhaps don’t expect this deal to happen in January – this is probably more one for summer 2021, though Chelsea might be weighing up a bid for a player who could strengthen their spine and their title hopes in tandem.

Erling Braut Haaland

Recent reports indicate Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is also on Chelsea’s radar, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool among the others previously linked.

Still only 20, Haaland has established himself as the most exciting young striker on the planet over the past 18 months and in his year at Dortmund has produced 33 goals and six assists in 32 games.

That adds his 29-goal return from 27 games, added to seven assists, for Red Bull Salzburg and he’s done it in the Champions League 16 goals in just 12 games in the competitions.

The Leeds-born Norwegian is likely to have multiple clubs courting his signature given his immense output already and his room to improve further.

Like Rice, Haaland is more likely to be a player Chelsea make a serious attempt at in the summer of 2021 – but a surprise early January approach to beat their competitors isn’t completely out of the question.

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David Alaba

Out of contract at Bayern Munich in the summer, Alaba is able to speak to clubs about signing a pre-contract agreement to move on a free in six months’ time as of January 1.

Chelsea have naturally been linked given their need for better options behind Zouma and Silva with Alaba, who can also play at left-back or in midfield, having been primarily used as a central defender by European champions Bayern this term.

The 28-year-old is world class in multiple positions and would be a bargain on a free, even though Chelsea would have to commit a significant pay-packet to land the Austrian.

Alaba is likely to have a number of clubs to pick from but if Chelsea made an approach, the Londoners would propose an exciting adventure for the player, who is clearly in search of a fresh challenge following eight trophy-laden years in Bayern’s first team.

Chelsea could even look to make a cheeky bid to Bayern to prise Alaba away from Bavaria before his deal runs out, though it probably makes the most sense for all parties to try and thrash out a free transfer for the summer instead.

Jude Bellingham

The least likely of the quartet to become a Chelsea player in January, but still one who the Blues have on their long-term radar, Bellingham has been tipped for a £50m switch earlier this year.

Just 17 years old, the England international only joined Dortmund in the summer for an initial £25m and has since racked up 20 first-team appearances, scoring one goal and assisting three.

A box-to-box midfielder, Bellingham has shown huge promise and was strongly linked to Manchester United before heading to Germany.

It is thought Chelsea are waiting for Bellingham to further improve with regular playing time in the Bundesliga, as Jadon Sancho has, before making their move.

That means it could be the summer of 2022 before Chelsea make a concerted effort to bring the teenager back to his home country but that interest could be fast-tracked dependent on whether or not West Ham are willing to let go of Rice.

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