Chelsea v Burnley: Match in Pictures
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Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia could give boss Thomas Tuchel an unstoppable squad to work with if she completes three blockbuster transfers this January. With a trio of big names linked, among others, Express Sport looks at how the German could set his side out for the second-half of the season.
Unless injury strikes, it is virtually certain that Edouard Mendy will line up between the sticks for the foreseeable future.
At 29-years-old, it is a wonder that his first top-flight season came as recently as 2018, but in that short space of time he has improved at a furious pace.
While the pricey Kepa Arrizabalaga collects dust on the Chelsea bench, Mendy has drawn plaudits from his team-mates and manager.
And according to Antonio Rudiger, the Senegal international should feel aggrieved that he was left off the coveted Ballon d’Or shortlist.
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Defence: James, Kounde, Silva, De Ligt, Chilwell
According to Eurosport, Chelsea could trump their summer interest in Jules Kounde by pulling off a £190million double swoop with Juventus’ Matthijs De Ligt thrown in for good measure.
The pair are two of Europe’s leading young centre-backs, although they would seemingly come at a price that would dominate Chelsea’s window.
Thiago Silva, who appears to defy age with each commanding performance, would be expected to continue in the centre of a back three.
Meanwhile, Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both found unlikely scoring form from wing-back, which the Blues have used to devastating effect.
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Midfield: Jorginho, Kante
With both men up for Ballon d’Or glory, there is little prospect of either being replaced during the January transfer window.
Given that N’Golo Kante is 30-years-old, and Jorginho is only weeks away from reaching the same milestone, the duo cannot play every game, but they have plenty of capable deputies on the bench.
Mateo Kovacic has been mightily impressive when called upon this campaign, while the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley have recently given Tuchel something to think about too.
Furthermore, when Conor Gallagher’s season-long loan spell at Crystal Palace is over at the end of the season, Chelsea’s midfield ranks may, if anything, be over-crowded.
Attack: Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku, Insigne
Italian dynamo Lorenzo Insigne is Napoli born and bred, but their ongoing contract standoff seems no closer to a resolution.
Ultimately, that could leave him open to a January move, and reports state that he has been left surprised by how Napoli have handled his contract situation.
Blockbuster summer signing Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead the line once again when fit, while a spot on the right wing is largely up for grabs.
The likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner are all vying for minutes, but Callum Hudson-Odoi’s impressive showings while filling in for injured stars may have left a lasting impression on Tuchel.
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