With the Premier League now back underway as the calendar turns towards 2023, teams in the English top flight will make a renewed push towards their season goals.
For Chelsea, an inconsistent first part of the campaign leaves the London club sitting eighth in the Premier League table as domestic action resumes. The Blues are still figuring out life under new manager Graham Potter, defeated in three straight matches heading into the World Cup break.
The January transfer window offers a new chance to bolster the squad and fill holes in the lineup for a team that has shown it’s not afraid to spend under new ownership led by American Todd Boehly.
Chelsea have questions regarding the current midfield makeup, with N’Golo Kante injured and Jorginho struggling for consistent form. There is also a desire for better attacking play as the Blues have scored just 17 goals through the first 14 games of the season, a paltry total compared to those above them in the table.
Updated Chelsea transfers
|Jan. 1, 2023||Gabriel Slonina||Chicago Fire (USA)||End of loan|
Latest Chelsea transfer news, rumors
The Sporting News brings you a full roundup of all the latest Chelsea transfer news as the January window approaches. Below are updates on central defender Josko Gvardiol, right-back Josip Juranovic, and striker David Fofana.
New technical director Christopher Vivell is taking charge of the club’s player recruitment for the first time this winter. The Blues are reportedly attempting to operate “in stealth mode” this winter according to one report. But in addition to the big names below, there are notable rumors floating on the following players:
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Chelsea linked to Croatia’s Gvardiol, Juranovic
One of the most impressive players at the 2022 World Cup was young Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol. The center-back was listed as a Team of the Tournament candidate by many, and also received plaudits as a possible Young Player of the Tournament selection.
The 20-year-old will no doubt have many suitors after such an impressive performance, and his name will crop up plenty of times as January drags along. However, Chelsea are firmly in the mix, according to reports, including by Chelsea journalist Simon Phillips. The report states that Chelsea have “laid the most groundwork” of any club interested in the young defender.
Fabrizio Romano connected Chelsea to Gvardiol both before the World Cup and in the middle of the tournament, and it seems that link will persist.
Meanwhile, the Blues have reportedly also been considering a move for Celtic full-back Josip Juranovic, who also impressed with Croatia at the 2022 World Cup. Chelsea have right-back Reece James entrenched in his role, and the England international was in great form through the first half of the year, but an injury just before the World Cup has forced the Blues to consider their options.
Chelsea were linked to Juranovic before the season, so they have a head start, but the positive World Cup performance only complicates things, as Romano reports that “many clubs” are now interested.
Croatian national team right back Josip Juranovic is expected to leave Celtic FC this summer as many clubs are following him. 🇭🇷 #transfers
Jurankvic is attracting interests from Premier League clubs too after great season for club and country.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 20, 2022
Chelsea signing striker David Fofana
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues have completed a deal for Molde striker David Datro Fofana.
The 19-year-old has two caps for the Ivory Coast senior international team, and has scored an incredible 15 goals in 24 league games in the Norwegian top flight this season, chipping in an additional five assists. Add in another six goals across all other competitions, and he is one of the most electric young strikers in Europe outside the big five leagues.
Romano reported that the deal is for €12 million and he could be an injection of youth for the stagnant Blues attack.
Excl: David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go! There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed. 🔵🤝🏻 #CFC
Been told medical tests will take place today in London, on his birthday.
Born in 2002, Ivorian striker will join Chelsea from Molde for €12m fee. pic.twitter.com/3JVwIxWSZu
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
Watch Chelsea in Premier League: TV channels, live streams
|Hong Kong||—||Now TV|
|India||Star Sports||Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport||Astro Go|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport Now, Sky Go|
|UK||Sky Sports, BT Sport||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime|
|USA||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).
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