Chelsea Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 31, 2012

Chelsea Winter Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

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    With January just two months away, Roberto Di Matteo will be plotting his transfer ins and outs in advance.

    Every club hopes to improve their squad during the winter window but must avoid inflated prices and impulse buys.

    Check in to see who Chelsea are looking at purchasing and who might be leaving Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Radamel Falcao

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    If we can get this one done first, all the better.

    It would be remiss of me not to mention Chelsea's obvious interest in Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao.

    The Atletico Madrid striker absolutely destroyed Roberto Di Matteo's back line during the UEFA Super Cup contest, and his 10 La Liga goals this season is bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    The Daily Mail are anticipating a courting from the Blues this winter.


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    The Telegraph are leading the charge on English Premier League sides targeting Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian.

    The Hirnyky are currently riding high in the UEFA Champions League and look like genuine favourites to qualify first from Group E.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the star of the show, so it's surprising to see a dearth of love for him, but Willian is also an excellent option.

    Andre Villas-Boas vs. Roberto Di Matteo for this one.

Ashley Cole

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    Roman Abramovich's policy of refusing to offer long-term extensions to those over 30 years of age is current jeopardising Ashley Cole's future at Chelsea.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is circling now (via the Daily Mail), and with the England left-back's contract set to expire this summer, he could be one of the wisest pickups any clubs make for free.

    Paris Saint-Germain have also been touted as an option on the back of some endearing comments by Carlo Ancelotti (via Metro).

Lucas Digne

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    Worried about the potential loss of Ashley Cole? Roberto Di Matteo might not be.

    It seems he may already be on the lookout for a replacement, with Lille's Lucas Digne a purported option (h/t

    The young Frenchman is gaining valuable experience in the UEFA Champions League and Ligue 1, getting better every single week.

    He's got a huge future in the game and is rated as one of the best full-back prospects in world football.

Mario Sampirisi

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    ESPNStar are reporting that Chelsea have shown an interest in Mario Sampirisi.

    This relative unknown is a 19-year-old player capable at right-back or centre-back, but he has featured consistently at full-back for Genoa this season.

    His agent isn't sure whether or not a January move is a certainty, but he knows scouts have been sent.

Daniel Sturridge

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    Daniel Sturridge isn't too happy biding his time on the bench at Chelsea.

    Roberto Di Matteo has poured his faith into Fernando Torres this season in an effort to get the £50 million man scoring, which leaves the Manchester City youth product out in the cold.

    Several teams need firepower and, according to Metro, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger could be willing to test Chelsea's resolve with a bid.