Chelsea could pursue five forwards following Broja’s injury.
Chelsea’s January transfer window wish list has always included attacking reinforcements, but Armando Broja’s season-ending injury has made them a must.
After a promising start under new manager Graham Potter, the Blues were winless in five Premier League games before the World Cup, and they now sit in eighth place.
Finding the back of the net has been a particular issue, with current strikers Broja, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Kai Havertz scoring only five league goals between them this season.
With rumored new addition Christopher Nkunku not expected to arrive until next summer, we look at five attackers Chelsea could target as they prepare to resume their season on December 27 against Bournemouth.
Joao Felix of Portugal appears to be on his way out of Atletico Madrid next month.
The 23-year-old had fallen out of favor with Diego Simeone previous to the World Cup, but he shone for the Selecao in Qatar, contributing three goals before their quarter-final exit.
A number of Premier League clubs, notably the West Londoners, are thought to see Felix as a good mid-season signing.
The playmaker is under contract with Atleti until 2026, so interested parties such as Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Manchester United are aware that he will not be cheap.
Given owner Todd Boehly’s willingness to spend big money on transfers since taking over at Stamford Bridge, the Blues could be first in line.
Fellow Rafael Leao Portugal’s star Rafael Leao is more of a wide forward than a striker, but his goal total speaks for itself.
The AC Milan talisman, 23, is one of the most sought-after players in Serie A, having scored 21 goals in all competitions since the start of last season.
It appears that it is a matter of when, rather than if, one of Europe’s best will sign him, and Chelsea are a club with a documented long-term interest, having made an unsuccessful offer for him earlier this year.
Manchester City is another potential suitor, with rivals Manchester United and Real Madrid also on the list, according to recent sources.
Victor Osimhen is another prolific European marksman who appears to be destined for the English Premier League.
Chelsea prefers a big, muscular No9, and the Nigerian striker certainly matches that description.
Osimhen has helped Napoli to the top of Serie A this season, scoring 11 goals in 11 league appearances.
He undoubtedly has the goalscoring credentials to light up Stamford Bridge, having scored 38 goals in 76 games for the Partenopei.
However, this appears to be a transaction that will have to wait until at least next summer, with the 23-year-old recently confirming that a January exit is not in his plans.
who recently represented Canada in their first World Cup appearance since 1986, could be in high demand in January.
Les Rouges did not earn a point in Qatar, but they were praised for their offensive approach, with Lille striker David proving a headache for many opposing defenders.
Following their elimination from the group stage, the forward stated that the Premier League would be his ideal destination.
When asked if he was interested in playing in the Premier League, David stated, “The Premier League is the best league in the world, and I think every player would love to play there someday.”
With nine goals and three assists in Ligue 1 this season at the age of 22, he could be a wise long-term investment.
Despite being far younger than the other candidates on this list, Chelsea are apparently leading the fight to recruit 18-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko from Borussia Dortmund.
The kid scored six goals and three assists for BVB this season and even made Germany’s World Cup roster, making his debut in the stunning 2-1 loss to Japan.
According to reports, the Blues are in advanced talks to sign Moukoko, who is widely regarded as the next elite product to emerge from Dortmund’s talent factory.
While the Blues can sign him for free next summer, it has been suggested that they may attempt to close the deal in January and have him join Potter’s team immediately.
However, given that this is the young prospect’s first season as a regular member of Dortmund’s squad, it has to be seen whether he is yet ready for the Premier League.