Chelsea have been somewhat very quiet during this winter transfer window so far, despite purposely going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to get their transfer ban lifted.
This of course does not mean that they are not working on deals, and things could be happening in the background.
But Chelsea fans were expecting to be going through much more of a whirlwind of a transfer window by now.
The latest report from journalist Duncan Castles though, suggests that The Blues owner Roman Abramovich wants to make ‘a statement signing’.
Speaking via his Transfer Window Podcast, as cited by The Daily Star, Castles believes said signing would be Jadon Sancho in the summer to replace Willian, who’s contract is running down and ends in June 2020.
He does though touch upon the fact that they have resources to make the signing during this window, but are unsure whether they want to spend big on one player, or bring in a less expensive winger leaving money available for other areas needed such as left back and centre back.
“I’m told they are focusing on wingers at present.
“One of those strong options for them is Jadon Sancho.
“My understanding is the club, i.e. Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia, are very keen on taking Sancho.
“They’re keen on making a statement signing now that they are able to work in the transfer market again and have a lot of resource to spend in this window.
“They see taking a young England international, who has very high status in England because of what he’s achieved at Borussia Dortmund and in the national team, as a good way to go forward.”
As The Express dive further into Castles comments, he went on to say:
“Whether that is the best way for Chelsea to go forward, I think there are internal doubts about that and maybe the money which would be involved in taking Sancho, with Borussia Dortmund asking for over €100m for him and the player also wanting very substantial financial terms, could be invested better in a different kind of winger and money used elsewhere in this window.
“There’s been an enquiry about Lewis Dunk at Brighton, so there’s a prospective they could improve at centre-back and also thinking about doing something at left-back, and obviously that centre-forward position is one that, even if they don’t do something in January, will require consideration in the summer, with Olivier Giroud wanting to move to Inter and still serious doubts about whether Michy Batshuayi is the right answer as a backup to Tammy Abraham in the attack.”