Chelsea boosted by World Cup star Josko Gvardiol and Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko? – How Graham Potter’s Blues could line up with January transfers

    Chelsea have by no means had an impressive season so far, but Graham Potter’s side could get some much needed reinforcement in January.

    The Blues were one of the biggest spenders in the summer, signing the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana, but those deals haven’t worked just yet with the London side eighth in the Premier League.

    Potter may be keen to bring in some fresh faces

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    Potter may be keen to bring in some fresh faces

    With American billionaire Todd Boehly at helm, there is every chance Chelsea could find themselves active in the market once again in January – and the rumour mill is already spinning.

    The Blues have been linked with Josko Gvardiol since the summer, and the Croatia defender’s World Cup campaign in Qatar has made him a highly sought-after player.

    Potter’s side have struggled with defensive injuries this season so may be keen to sign such a reinforcement, as well as a new attacking option.

    Youssoufa Moukoko is a freshly linked player for the club, with the Chelsea still struggling to find a striker who consistently finds the back of the net.

    Couple poor form with a variety of injuries across the team, and Chelsea find themselves with a lot of work to do this season.

    January could save them, though, and talkSPORT.com has looked at how Chelsea might line up after the window has shut.

    Despite recent performance suggesting he is declining, Thiago Silva could remain as part of their starting three centre-backs.

    Gvardiol would likely flourish alongside the experienced 38-year-old, with the Croatian now a bright prospect amongst defenders.

    He was a monster out in Qatar, with Lionel Messi being the only player of note that was able to get past him.

    The 20-year-old could slot in nicely at the back should Chelsea make a move next month, and would operate left of Silva with Trevoh Chalobah on the right.

    Wesley Fofana may also be able to make a case, but this is dependent on his return from yet another injury.

    Potter’s side have most recently played with two attackers up front, although success has remained limited.

    Gvardiol had an outstanding World Cup campaign

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    Gvardiol had an outstanding World Cup campaign

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz are the likely two first choices, but neither have discovered any real form this season.

    Raheem Sterling has also operated in the front two, but even his qualities have failed to shine.

    This could spell an opportunity for the club to sign yet another attacker, but this time a younger option in Moukoko.

    The 18-year-old has been magnificent for Borussia Dortmund at both senior and youth level – with six goals and six assist in 22 games this season – and it would certainly be a signing for the future.

    Chelsea will be able to sign him as a free agent in the summer although a January move is still possible.

    The Dortmund man’s inexperience could affect his performances but like with Gvardiol and Silva, a partnership with Aubameyang may prove beneficial.

    Moukoko has impressed for Dortmund this season

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    Moukoko has impressed for Dortmund this season

    A January move may become even more of a possibility amid the news that Armando Broja is out for the season.

    Signings next month may not be enough for Chelsea to fully save their season, with a top four finish now an uncertain prospect.

    However, should Gvardiol and Moukoko find themselves in blue, then Potter’s will have two massive prospects at his disposal.

    This season may become one of transition for Chelsea, with a focus more set on the future rather than the now.

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