Three players Chelsea could sign before deadline day
Shona Duthie takes a look at three possible transfer targets for Chelsea in the coming days
Rumours were flying around last week that Cesc Fabregas is not living up to Chelsea standards, suggesting that manager Jose Mourinho was on the look-out for a holding midfielder. Insert Paul Pogba into the mix and Chelsea would have a seriously strong side. Pogba did not have a good time in the Premier League during his stint at Manchester United and he could want to prove to English fans that he can cut it in the top flight. It has been claimed that Mourinho is willing to pay in the region of £72m for the player. It would certainly delight Chelsea fans to see a player of Pogba’s calibre in Chelsea blue and it would leave a bitter taste in United fan’s mouths. Chelsea need to show that they mean business in retaining their title. After a slow start to the season having lost one, won one and drawn one, they need to start building momentum. Pogba could certainly help them with that.
It has been well known that Chelsea are after home-grown talent and John Stones certainly fits the bill. Stones has had a transfer request to leave the Liverpool-based club turned down as he wishes to push through a move to the London club. With John Terry being sent off and substituted against Manchester City it would appear that time is running out for the veteran Chelsea captain. Stones could certainly be the future for Chelsea’s defence as he is only 21 years old. It is clear Stones wants to move on to new challenges and it seems Chelsea could get their English talent before the end of the transfer window. He has continued to develop for Everton and striking up a partnership with the likes of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma could see the Everton star become one of the best young defenders in the league.
The Atletico Madrid star would be a perfect fit for Chelsea. The 24-year-old Frenchman has spent his entire professional career in Spain and has continued to shine since being scouted by Real Sociedad in 2005. Greizmann has scored 25 goals in 54 appearances for Los Rojiblancos. Last season, he netted 22 times in 37 games in La Liga, making him the third-highest scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This has gained attention from the top European clubs and it has been reported that Chelsea are interested. Not only does Griezmann score goals, he also creates chances for team mates and is a valuable player for Atletico Madrid. Chelsea could do no wrong in signing the forward for their side before the end of the transfer window. Chelsea would have to pay over the £24m-mark that Atleti paid Sociedad in 2014.