Chelsea Transfer Rumors: 5 Latest Players Rumored to Be Going to Stamford Bridge

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2013

Chelsea Transfer Rumors: 5 Latest Players Rumored to Be Going to Stamford Bridge

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    The January transfer window is coming to a close, but Chelsea continues to be linked to new players.

    With Roman Abramovich providing the finances, the Blues can pretty much acquire any player they would like.

    Chelsea already has plenty of talent all across, the pitch but the midfield in particular could use some extra depth.

    We'll hold Jack Butland off this list because he reportedly rejected talks with Chelsea (via the Guardian).

    Here are the five latest players rumored to be coming to Stamford Bridge.




    *Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet.

Wilfried Bony

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    Chelsea may get a boost in the attacking department with Vitesse Arnhem reportedly ready to sell the Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony (via talkSPORT).

    The Blues have already strengthened the forward position with the signing of Demba Ba.

    Bony would be added insurance for the side's attack with Fernando Torres still failing to fire on all cylinders.

    The Ivorian forward has 20 goals in 19 games for the Dutch side this season.


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    As reported by talkSPORT, Chelsea target Willian recently reiterated his interest in a move to the London club.

    Willian put in a good audition for the Blues when he played against them in the group stages of the Champions League.

    He was a constant threat in his side's 2-1 win in Ukraine and bagged a brace when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea's three attacking-midfield spots usually go to the trio of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. It's hard to see Willian breaking that group up right away if he arrives.

    He would, however, add another piece to the puzzle with only Victor Moses and Marko Marin as backup and Ryan Betrand as well as Ramires used when necessary.


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    According to Metro Chelsea could be set to renew their interest in Corinthians star Paulinho.

    The Brazilian midfielder would be a great addition to squad as he would add more depth to an area of need for the Blues.

    Chelsea still need another dynamic presence in midfield, and Paulinho would certainly offer that.

    The Blues had a first-hand view of his talents in the recent Club World Cup final and know what he could bring to the side.

Iago Aspas

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    As revealed by talkSPORT Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas has ruled out a possible move to Chelsea.  

    The Spanish forward has attracted the club's attentions with his eight goals and four assists so far this campaign.

    Aspas played a key role in his side's return to La Liga and has continued his form this season. 

    He is far from the type of player usually linked to Chelsea from a reputation standpoint and may struggle to fit in at the club.

Nicolas N'Koulou

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    Chelsea's chances of signing Nicolas N'Koulou during the January window have decreased.

    The Cameroonian defender's comments presented on Sky Sports have made it clear that a summer move is the only option.

    With David Luiz having been used in the Blues' double pivot recently more help is needed in the centre of defense.

    N'Koulou's ability to move into a defensive midfield role makes him an even more attractive option for the Blues.