Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois sign new deals and Alex Sandro joins from Juventus – Chelsea’s transfer hopes explored

The January transfer window is just around the corner and of course speculation is rife about who Chelsea might bring in to strengthen their bid for the Champions League and Premier League titles.

The Blues maybe not be looking to strengthen too many places over the winter window, which is sometimes a tricky time to be able to bring in top quality players and really bolster the squad.

However, there are a couple of areas within the Chelsea camp that the hierarchy probably need to look at before they make moves elsewhere, with some key names still stalling over contract deals.

So what should the Blues be looking to seal during January and what are their hopes for the month ahead?

Thibaut Courtois puts pen to paper

The Chelsea goalkeeper is one of the key players in the club and that means that he has often been looked at by some of the biggest clubs around Europe, especially Real Madrid.

Courtois only has a contract up until the end of the 2018/19 and the Blues have been trying to pin the 25-year-old down to a long-term deal, however Real have been sniffing around and if they don’t succeed in signing David De Gea, they could be back in for the Belgian.

“The most important thing is to perform well for myself and the team,” Courtois said before the Qarabag match last month.

“Regarding my contract, that’s something where Chelsea must deal with my agent. I don’t think there have been any new developments. We have so many games at the moment, and I prefer to focus on the team’s matches, my own performances, and there will be time enough towards the end of the season to have talks.”

Antonio Conte has described Courtois as ‘one of the best goalkeepers in the world’ and if the Chelsea board want to back that statement up they need to throw money at it.

Eden Hazard snubs Real Madrid

Another player tracked by Real Madrid is Eden Hazard, and the Blues just cannot afford to let their talisman leave, at any cost.

The Belgian showed last night once again why he is one of the best players in Europe at the moment as he earned the Blues a point in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

When he is in form then there is no stopping the forward and Chelsea have to tie him down to a big money deal, as long as he willing to take it.

Hazard is a massive fan of Zinedine Zidane and it is likely that the 26-year-old would be keen to play under the great Frenchman. Hazard has a contract running until the end of the 2019/20 season and Chelsea will be hoping to extend that if they can.

Alex Sandro

Last night showed again that Chelsea have a lack of depth in the left wing-back role as right-footer Davide Zappacosta was moved over into that position so that Marcos Alonso could have a night off.
During the last transfer window over the summer, Chelsea tried to get Alex Sandro from Juventus, however the club Italians were having none of it and Sandro seemed reluctant to move.

However, reports are that the Brazilian is keen to move away from Turin and it could give the Blues some hope in getting him. Chelsea need a back up in that position and Sandro could well be the man to fill that void.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants a move

It was a deal that was rumoured to be happening in the summer and it could well be something that Chelsea try to restart this January if the Gabon international fancies a move away.

Borussia Dortmund have crashed out of the Champions League, making Aubameyang cup tied, and they are only sitting sixth at the moment in the Bundesliga, with Aubameyang already netting 11 goals from 14 games.

Conte may well be looking for a second striker to carry the load with Alvaro Morata, especially if he thinks that Michy Batshuayi is not the man to do that and is loaned out.

The 28-year-old has a contract until 2020 with the German side and so Chelsea could make a play for him if the striker’s head can be turned.

What would you like to see happen in the January transfer window? Let us know in the comments box below.


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