Chelsea Transfer News: Odion Ighalo, Alex Teixeira Among Multiple Deals Rumoured

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road stadium in Watford, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Chelsea are aiming to get at least five deals done before the end of the January transfer window, with Odion Ighalo, Alexandre Pato and Alex Teixeira all linked, along with a host of potential Stamford Bridge departures.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour are also being eyed by the club, while Papy Djilobodji and Charly Musonda could be on their way out of the west London outfit.

Watford frontman Ighalo has drawn major interest after netting 13 goals in 22 Premier League appearances, and the Mirror's Darren Lewis reported the Blues are among the clubs monitoring his progress ahead of a summer move.

Ighalo has scored 13 goals thus far in his maiden Premier League campaign.
Ighalo has scored 13 goals thus far in his maiden Premier League campaign.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Chelsea's current strike force has fallen under fire this season, and Lewis suggested Diego Costa could make a return to Atletico Madrid this summer, while Radamel Falcao's loan from Monaco is set to come to an end. Also, Loic Remy is a potential departure from the club in his search for first-team football.

Ighalo helped Watford gain promotion to the Premier League last season and has maintained his prolific form in England's top flight, but as Sky Sports Monday Night Football recently illustrated, the Hornets rely heavily on their leading scorer:

Costa has rediscovered his form since Guus Hiddink took over at the Chelsea helm, scoring five in five after Jose Mourinho's December departure from the helm, but the Blues have other options available.

Brazilian pair Pato and Teixeira look more likely to move this month, and the Daily Star's Jonathan Green reported the duo could make the move to west London for £12 million and £30 million, respectively.

Corinthians striker Pato looks likely to make a return to Europe three years after he left Milan, where he once reigned for five-and-a-half years as one of the highest-rated talents on the continent.

Alexandre Pato left Milan for Corinthians in January 2013.
Alexandre Pato left Milan for Corinthians in January 2013.Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press

Jack Bezants of the Daily Mail claimed Pato had talked with Chelsea winger Willian and third-choice goalkeeper Marco Amelia regarding a switch. Sky Sports' South American correspondent Paulo Freitas agreed a move could be done by the end of this week:

Valencia centre-back Abdennour is also mentioned by Green as a possible target for Hiddink's side, with club captain John Terry once again edging within sight of the end of his current Chelsea contract.

Chelsea have the likes of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma lined up to become a new partnership in central defence, but David Cartlidge of beIN Sports recently attested to Los Che being right in considering an Abdennour sale:

The Tunisia international has been underwhelming since moving to the Mestalla as a replacement for Nicolas Otamendi, who moved to Manchester City. Abdennnour has made 15 appearances for Valencia, in which time the Spanish side have managed to keep only three clean sheets.

On the outbound list sits outcast Djilobodji and youth product Musonda, both of whom could complete loan moves away from Stamford Bridge in the weeks to come, according to Green.

As confirmed by Kristof Terreur of Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, summer signing Djilobodji looks set to move to Werder Bremen after playing a single minute of first-team football for Chelsea this season:

Musonda's future in west London looks far brighter, and Green cited German giants Bayer Leverkusen as being linked with a loan bid for the 19-year-old, along with Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton confirmed Musonda was recently called up to train with the Blues' first-team squad after impressing with a chain of performances in the under-21s, with a senior debut possibly in sight.

Argentina international Lavezzi is also rumoured to be on the Blues' radar as he edges toward the PSG exit, and Di Marzio translator David Amoyal reported the winger's agent is in London.

According to Amoyal, Lavezzi—whose PSG contract expires this summer—"doesn't dislike" the idea of a move to Stamford Bridge, but Bleacher Report's Andrew Gibney has proclaimed the 30-year-old is "stealing a living" in Paris:

The player's involvement at Parc des Princes has greatly diminished this season, and Angel Di Maria's summer arrival in particular has resulted in Lavezzi starting just seven times under manager Laurent Blanc this term.

Stamford Bridge is poised to burst into a flurry of transfer activity over the coming fortnight, with Chelsea setting the wheels in motion to launch a much-improved second half of the season.