Given looming UEFA financial fair play restrictions, this season's window will probably be a little bit more subdued. Even so, Chelsea figure to be active, at least in two areas: center back and midfield.
With regards to the former, Chelsea are in sore need of an extra option. With Alex effectively exiled, David Luiz continuing to look suspect and John Terry facing a possible ban for racial abuse allegations, the Blues need cover. In addition, there is a missing creative element in Chelsea's midfield that must be addressed.
January signings are tricky. On one hand, a club needs an immediate boost for the remainder of the season, necessitating the signing of someone who can settle quickly and contribute right away. At the same time, the signing needs to fit into the team's long-term strategy.
The following are five potential targets who meet both qualities. Let's take a look.