Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Latest Midseason Buzz Surrounding Blues

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 14, 2013

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Demba Ba of Chelsea shakes hands with Manager Rafael Benitez during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2013, in Stoke-on-Trent, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Roughly halfway through the midseason transfer window, Chelsea F.C. have already acquired one top-flight player, as they secured Senegal's Demba Ba, who starred for both Newcastle United and West Ham since leaving Germany in 2011. 

The speedy striker should help the Blues find the back of the net more often, as he's racked up 36 goals in just over 60 games since entering the Premier League. 

Perhaps more importantly than what he'll contribute on the scoresheet himself, The Daily Telegraph is reporting that manager Rafael Benitez is excited about the impact that Ba will have on fellow star striker Fernando Torres.

The 27 year-old scored twice on his Blues debut against Southampton on Saturday and Benitez believes the former Newcastle striker will be good for Torres.

"Ba coming will be better for Torres, 100 per cent," Benitez said. "Not many players play every game in a top side, as he has had to, and now it will be positive for both of them.

"They will be fitter, maybe they will score more goals because they will have more chances and will be in better positions.

The addition of Ba is a welcome one for the Blues, who have a lot of ground to make up if they're to catch No. 1 Manchester United, currently sitting 14 points behind the Red Devils in the league table. 

Thus far, Torres has continued to struggle offensively with just seven goals on the season. If Chelsea have any hopes of making a late-season run, they'll need their Spanish superstar in top form.

Another Striker? 

According to The Daily Star, the Blues may be on the verge of bringing in another talented finisher, as the club has submitted a bid to acquire up-and-coming Spanish striker Iago Aspas. 

The Star claims the European champions tabled an £8.5m bid for Aspas on Sunday night as they try and secure his signature before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but it’s understood they may be willing to allow the 25-year-old to stay with Celta for the rest of the season before bringing him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Last season, Aspas netted 23 goals for Celta Vigo, helping the club earn a promotion back into La Liga, and he's been relatively impressive against Spain's top competition this season with eight goals in 18 games. 

Even if he doesn't come over this season, the Blues will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on Aspas, but will have to hope he doesn't catch the eye of any of their fellow Premier League heavyweights. 


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