Chelsea Transfers: A Position-by-Position Look at Possible January Changes

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

Chelsea Transfers: A Position-by-Position Look at Possible January Changes

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    There are just 20 days left until the January transfer window opens its doors, and Chelsea are sure to be one of the most active clubs starting on January 1st. 

    Chelsea have been linked with plenty of superstars since the summer transfer window closed in August. The speculation around potential superstar moves to Chelsea has been ramping up. 

    Of course there are also rumors swirling about which players may be on their way out of Stamford Bridge. 

    Here is your position-by-position guide to the rumored moves for Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Goalkeeper

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    One player whose job is never in question at Chelsea is Petr Cech. 

    Cech is putting together another solid season in net for the Blues, with eight clean sheets in all competitions this season. 

    There is no need for Chelsea to bring in another keeper and there are no rumors at the moment that mention the Blues going after a star keeper. 

    The reason for no rumors at the position is Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid this season. The young Belgian is predicted to be Cech's eventual successor. 

Left-Back

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    The left-back position at Stamford Bridge has seen plenty of transfer speculation, with Ashley Cole being rumored to leave the club in January.

    In the past month, Cole has been linked with numerous clubs including Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain. 

    Cole's supposed move to PSG was posted on the French club's official Twitter account but the tweet was taken down within minutes of it being sent.  

    If Cole were to leave, Ryan Bertrand would step in to fill the role left open by the England international.

    If Bertrand were to fail in the left-back role, Branislav Ivanovic would most likely be employed at the position.

Centre-Back

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    There have not been any rumors surrounding centre-backs coming into the fold at Stamford Bridge, but there has been one absurd rumor about a player leaving the club. 

    That one absurd rumor was about John Terry's potential move to La Liga club Valencia.

    Between Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and the always versatile Ivanovic, the Blues have plenty of depth at the position. 

    Unless the entire group of centre-backs at Stamford Bridge comes down with the injury bug in the next month, Chelsea will not be going after a centre-back in January. 

Right-Back

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    Chelsea have already made a move to bring in a right-back during the January transfer window with the signature of 18-year-old Brazilian Wallace from Fluminense

    Wallace will go back to Fluminense on loan for the rest of the season. His impact will not be felt at Stamford Bridge until next season at the earliest. 

    Currently, summer signing Cesar Azpilicueta has taken over the starting right-back role under new manager Rafa Benitez with Ivanovic as his backup on the bench. 

Defensive Midfield

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    The defensive midfield position at Chelsea has gone through a youth movement in the past year with Ramires and Oriol Romeu coming into the club.

    Veteran Michael Essien was sent on loan to Real Madrid during the summer and will most likely leave the club when he returns.

    John Obi Mikel, one of the other veterans at the position, received a new five-year contract last week. 

    However, the attention on the other player at this position for Chelsea is growing by the day. 

    Frank Lampard has been linked with moves to the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he would replace the departing David Beckham, and to Chinese club Guizhou Renhe.

    If recent trends continue, Lampard may be the next member of Chelsea's old guard to leave Stamford Bridge, following the departures of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka to Shanghai Shenua over the summer.  

Left Wing

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    Eden Hazard has the left wing position of the three-man attacking midfield locked up. 

    Hazard has started in all 16 of Chelsea's EPL matches this season and has lived up to the hype that surrounded him this summer when he moved to the club from Lille. 

    If something does happen to Hazard, there are plenty of players in the current squad that could replace him in the lineup.

    Those options include summer signings Victor Moses and Marko Marin, who have both come off of the bench for the majority of the season. 

Central Midfielder

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    The central position in the attacking midfield trio has been occupied by Oscar, but Chelsea could be after another player at the position in January.

    That player is a certain Belgian who has been blessed with one of the best hairstyles in world football. 

    Everton's Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January as he is looking for a chance to play European football. 

    Fellaini would be a unique player for Chelsea at the moment, as he not only is a strong attacking player in the central midfield, but would also provide the Blues with an aerial threat on set pieces. 

    Chelsea may also face competition for Fellaini from Zenit St. Petersburg, who have shown that they are not afraid to shell out cash for big-name players. 

Right Wing

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    Juan Mata is currently patrolling the right wing in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Chelsea put out on the pitch every week, but there is always the possibility of bringing in another player at the position. 

    One player who has been rumored to join the Blues in January is Theo Walcott

    Another potential move for Chelsea would be to bring in summer target Hulk, who moved to Zenit St. Petersburg in September from Porto. 

    Hulk has not been given the most pleasant welcome in Russia and could seek a lifeline with Chelsea potentially still interested in him.

    The addition of either Walcott or Hulk to the club would signal the end of the Daniel Sturridge era at Stamford Bridge. 

    Sturridge has attracted plenty of interest from Liverpool and could be sold to fund a move for his potential replacement in January. 

Forward

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    Here is the slide you have all been waiting for.

    Fernando Torres has been the starter at the forward position since his move from Liverpool in January of 2011. 

    As we all know by now, the signing has proven to be a bust and Chelsea need a new player to be their star goal scorer. 

    This situation has become a bit more complicated in the past week as Torres has started to score goals again. 

    Manager Rafa Benitez claims that Torres is close to reaching his best form under the man that led him to plenty of success while the two were at Liverpool.

    If Torres does not reach that top form by January, Radamel Falcao is the man who could replace him. 

    However, the Colombian claimed last week that he did not want to leave his current club, Atletico Madrid. 

    Should Falcao choose to stay at Atletico, Chelsea fans would see bringing in anyone else or staying with Torres as a disappoint.