Since the January transfer market opened, Chelsea’s desire for a new set of legs to strengthen their midfield has been well-documented.
Enzo Fernandez, however, the Blues have been unable to bring in the desired new signing for Graham Potter to rebuild his engine room. With Tuesday’s transfer deadline looming over the team, it may be now or never for the head coach Potter to enter the market for reinforcements.
Enzo Fernandez, a star player for Benfica who helped Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, was on the verge of moving to Stamford Bridge when Benfica played hardball over the transfer fee and forced Chelsea to end the protracted negotiations.
1. Edson Alvarez
After Mexican midfielder Alvarez appeared on the Bridge’s recruitment radar last summer, Ajax did not hesitate to reject Chelsea’s £43 million offer for him.
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The Eredivisie star, who is also the subject of intense attention from Premier League leaders Arsenal, might pique Chelsea’s interest again.
2. Romeo Lavia
Romeo Lavia, a bright Southampton talent who was also courted by Chelsea last summer, was not willing to leave the south coast club before the start of the new season.
Chelsea is anticipated to test Southampton’s fortitude in a mid-season approach for the 19-year-old defensive midfielder since the Saints are now in danger of being demoted to the Championship at the conclusion of the season.
3. Alexis Mac Allister
Despite interest from clubs like Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United, Brighton has reaffirmed that World Cup champion Alexis Mac Allister would remain their player at the end of this month.
Following Argentina’s victory in Qatar, where Mac Allister played a key role for his country, there has been a lot of speculation about the 24-year-future. old’s His current contract with Brighton isn’t set to expire until June 2025.
4. Arsen Zakharyan
While many Chelsea supporters would have preferred Potter to sign with Dinamo Moscow before Tuesday’s deadline, Arsen Zakharyan may be the playmaker the Blues sorely need.
Zakharyan has made it clear that he wants to join the west London powerhouses. Dinamo and the club were on the verge of agreeing to a transfer last summer before sanctions against Russian clubs made it impossible.
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5. Moises Caicedo
The race among England’s top clubs to capture the sought-after Brighton maestro is heating up, but Chelsea would still be able to sign him for less than Enzo Fernandez would cost.
Brighton turned down Arsenal’s offer of £60 million, claiming that the Ecuadorian midfielder is not for sale in the January transfer window.
Todd Boehly might receive a lift in his pursuit of the 21-year-old Caicedo who has demanded that his departure be approved by the Brighton board now that the former Brighton manager Potter is in charge of Chelsea.