Chelsea Transfer Prospects: 5 Deals Fans Desperately Desire in January
Chelsea have been active this transfer window, with the sale of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for £12 million and the signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle United for £7.5 million already looking like good business. Ba scored twice on his debut in the FA Cup tie at Southampton and found the net in the Capital One Cup match against Swansea City before being incorrectly ruled offside.
As always, there are many names being thrown into the rumour mill at Chelsea, but there are a few deals that would be very popular with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Here are the top five deals Chelsea fans would like to see done before the end of the transfer window.
1. Fernando Torres Out, Anywhere
So much has been written about the trials and tribulations of Chelsea's much-maligned marquee signing. Fernando Torres' form since joining the Blues in January 2011 has been sporadic at best, and it took him 14 games to find the net for the first time in a blue shirt.
The fans have stuck with him during the bad times, but when your striker is on the pitch for 81 minutes and has 12 touches, you rightly feel frustrated.
It's not just his ability to become invisible that has irked the fans to the point where he was booed off the pitch in the Capital One Cup tie with Swansea City. It is his disinterested demeanour, his lack of movement, and the fact that he can't even be bothered to perform for his spot on the team despite competition arriving in the form of Demba Ba.
Speak to most Chelsea fans and they will tell you that if a club were offering £15 to £20 million for Torres, they would cut their losses and wave goodbye to the man who has managed to see off three managers in two years.
Frank Lampard Signed to a New Deal
Fan favourite Frank Lampard has made no secret of his desire to end his footballing career with Chelsea. However, the board has other ideas and are refusing to offer the veteran midfielder a new contract.
He has been told that he can leave in the summer when his contract expires (via SkySports.com) despite proving in recent games that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level, and being within 10 goals of becoming Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer.
It has been reported that the player the fans call "Super Frank" has offered to take a wage cut, but the board are standing firm on their refusal to listen to the supporters. If Roman Abramovich cares about his relationship with the fans at all, he will back down on this one and let a legend finish his career at the club he loves.
Ashley Cole Signed to a New Deal
Ashley Cole is another veteran who has yet to be offered a new contract to keep him at Chelsea. Unlike Frank Lampard, the board is hopeful that it can hang on to Cole for another year or two, providing he meets its conditions of a wage cut and a shorter contract.
This would allow him to continue tutoring Ryan Bertrand, who despite some solid performances is not quite ready to take on Cole's mantle as one of the best left-backs in the world.
If Chelsea fail to agree a new deal with the defender, he will leave the club in the summer on a free transfer, with Manchester United among the possible destinations. That would be an absolute disaster for the Blues, but the only way to avoid that happening is to get pen to paper.
With interest from abroad, Chelsea will need to act soon to avoid Cole signing a pre-contract with a foreign team, as he is entitled to do this month.
Radamel Falcao in from Athletico Madrid
After his first half hat-trick demolished Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, Falcao has been firmly on Chelsea fans' radar. He is reported to have a £48 million release clause in his contract, and with Atletico in a sticky financial situation, they will need to capitalise on the Colombian striker's scintillating form.
There are some cautionary voices to be heard above the clamour for a player who has scored 177 goals in 264 career appearances. They fear that Falcao could be another white elephant, and that the burden of such a hefty price tag could weigh him down as it has done to Torres.
Those doubters are in the minority, though, as most Chelsea fans want to see the club scoring goals for fun again.
Jose Mourinho to Return as Manager
Jose Mourinho is still Chelsea's most successful manager to date, with back-to-back Premier League titles supplemented by two League Cups and an FA Cup win.
He has been under fire with the Spanish champions as he has made some questionable decisions in recent weeks, most notably dropping Iker Casillas to the bench for a 3-2 defeat against Malaga. His behaviour suggests he will leave the Bernebau, and after all the managerial upset at Stamford Bridge, fans would welcome him back with open arms.
Unfortunately, due to the enormous egos of both Mourinho and Abramovich this is highly unlikely to happen, although when you dare to dream, anything is possible.