The January transfer is almost upon us, and we are sure to get our fill of ridiculous transfer rumors, unexpected player tantrums where the player claims to be the victim of lies and exorbitant amounts of money being spent.
Here's a look at five potential targets that Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas may have in mind to bring to Stamford Bridge.
Reports from Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle's pre-New Year's Eve match press conference confirmed that Gary Cahill would be leaving Bolton this January for Stamford Bridge for a fee thought to be in the region of £7 million.
This is great news for Chelsea, as they've been short in defense recently, partly due to injuries but also due to the exclusion of Alex from the first team after handing in a transfer request.
Owen Coyle had this to say:
There has been a fee agreed between the clubs, and we have now given Gary's representatives permission to speak to Chelsea.
It is widely believed that Chelsea are in need of a right back to compete with Jose Bosingwa, as Paulo Ferreira has advanced in age and has subsequently slowed down.
New reports claim that a deal for full-back could be back on again.
Hulk is consistently linked with every big club in Europe for all the obvious reasons—he's big and strong (making him ideal Premier League material), and he scores a lot of goals.
However, the one thing that most of the other clubs don't have is a manager that has managed Hulk before—Andre Villas Boas. With Didier Drogba's future in doubt and Nicholas Anelka leaving the club, the move is now more probable than ever.
Speaking about the possibility of a move to Chelsea, Hulk's agent, Theodoro Fonseca, said:
Hulk would wholeheartedly agree to work with Andre at Porto or Chelsea, or at any other team because he really likes the way he coaches.
Andre knows Hulk very well and they have a good relationship. Hulk at Chelsea? Anything is possible.
Chelsea's pursuit of Tottenham Hotspurs' Luka Modric was the one of the most talked about topics of the summer transfer window, and unsurprisingly, the saga may resume this January transfer window.
It has been clear in many of Chelsea's recent games that they are in need of some sort of creativity from deep midfield—and with the purchase of Mata, it was thought that this hole had been plugged. However, Andre Villas Boas has preferred to use Mata in a different role.
It will be interesting to see how Spurs react to a bid for their star man, having enjoyed a fine run of form, culminating in a top-three place in the league currently, with Modric on the team.
If Luka Modric is unavailable, it is thought that the Blues may go after Portuguese international Joao Moutinho instead.
The dimunitive center midfielder has been the subject of various transfer rumors in the past, with Everton coming the closest to signing him.
Time will tell how true this rumor proves the be, but a center midfielder is needed at Stamford Bridge for the Blues to compete with the two Manchester sides.