Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Signings That Would Drastically Improve Blues

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2012

Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Signings That Would Drastically Improve Blues

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    The winter transfer window is rapidly approaching for the English Premier League, with Chelsea bound to make some noise, as per usual, in terms of players arriving and leaving the West London club.

    Owner Roman Abramovich has already departed ways with Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo for failing to qualify for the knockout stages this season—proving that he will do whatever it takes to achieve success in the domestic and European competitions.

    With a seemingly endless supply of money, no player is off-limits for the Blues, but there are several players who would fit better at Stamford Bridge than others, and in doing so, help Chelsea chase down the two Manchester clubs at the top of the league table.

    Read on to see which players would drastically improve Chelsea should they make a move over the upcoming winter transfer window.


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    Following a falling out with manager Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti, Brazilian star Hulk is seemingly up for transfer again—despite only recently making a £40 million move to the Russian club from Porto on the previous summer transfer window.

    Chelsea were close to signing Hulk in the summer also, but could not wrap up a final deal for the 26-year-old. However, following the falling out, the star striker could well be up for grabs during the summer in light of comments he made recently via The Daily Mail: "If the situation with the coach does not resolve itself, I may leave the club in the January transfer window..."

    The potential arrival of Hulk would give the Blues a drastic improvement on their current squad and attacking prowess—as strong as it already was to begin with.

    The Brazilian star is a dominant forward with a fantastic finishing ability, and regardless of whether the West London club played him at the top of the attack by himself, alongside Fernando Torres at the top or even out on the right wing if need be, Hulk would still have a huge impact on their Premier League title chances this season.

Theo Walcott

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    According to latest reports from The Guardian, Chelsea are the favorites to sign Arsenal winger-turned-striker Theo Walcott, should the North London club be willing to part with the 23-year-old this January.

    Chelsea have joined a host of Premier League clubs seeking to capitalise on Theo Walcott's contract stand-off with Arsenal, although the England international may wait until the summer before making a decision on his future.

    Chelsea are prepared to test Arsenal's resolve with an offer for Walcott. They are likely to be rivalled by Liverpool while both Manchester clubs are also monitoring the situation. Walcott is aware that other clubs will better Arsenal's offer and, as he has settled in the area, Chelsea offer the added attraction of being relatively local.

    If the club did sign Walcott for the reported £15 million they were considering, then it would no doubt be a huge addition for Chelsea in that it would allow the likes of Juan Mata and Oscar great room in behind the athletic forward to operate at their best.

    As shown against Reading, Walcott's pace and speed means that opposition defenses have to sit much further down the pitch so that they don't let him in behind them—thus creating more space in behind their own midfield and defense for the likes of Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski to dominate.

    Take that across London and suddenly the likes of Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard could be even more effective than they already have been. 

    And he can play on the wing also if need be, though he probably won't like that.

Edinson Cavani

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    Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is reportedly ready to listen to offers from England following comments made by the player's agent (per The Express).

    The 25-year-old striker is currently the second top scorer in Serie A with 12 goals in 14 matches, and would bring the much-needed goal-scoring edge up front for the Blues that they haven't quite gotten out of Fernando Torres yet, though new manager Rafa Benitez could well change that over time.

    Cavani was linked to the Blues over the previous summer transfer window, and the multi-faceted skill set that he would bring to the West London club would be no doubt superior to most players in world football—making him a very fascinating transfer prospect.

    The arrival of Cavani would most likely spell the end to Torres' reign at the top of the attack, but he would also no doubt improve their current goal-scoring situation in the process.

Radamel Falcao

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    But the big one—Radamel Falcao—is the one transfer that would truly change the Blues current situation in attack and turn them into a very, very scary side in the English Premier League.

    The Atletico Madrid striker has been linked with a £50 million move to Stamford Bridge for some time now (per ESPN), and should he arrive, there's simply nowhere to begin to evaluate just how much the West London club would improve in attack.

    They'd have arguably the best number 10 in the world in Juan Mata playing in behind arguably the most in-form striker at the moment, who ranks easily in the top two strikers in the world—and there's no exaggeration there in terms of the situation.

    Falcao is a clinical finisher who is devastating up front—latching on to anything that looks like an opportunity and making sure it finds the back of the net.

    Given the creativity that the Blues have, there's little doubting the effectiveness that Falcao would have at Chelsea and there's little doubting that he would score a bag full of goals throughout the season with the likes of Eden Hazard, Mata and Oscar assisting him.


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