Appointing Maurizio Sarri so late in the summer meant that Chelsea were always going to be playing catch-up in the transfer market, so providing the Italian with more new faces in January will be a major priority.
Although the charismatic 59-year-old already has some incredible attacking talent to call upon at Stamford Bridge, he needs at least one more signing to compete with Eden Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the battle for forward places.
Step forward Anthony Martial if recent media reports are to be believed, with the French international thought to be keen on remaining in the Premier League as he seeks a move away from Manchester United in order to get his career back on track.
Incredibly talented, yet seemingly too unpredictable to thrive under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, the 22-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance during his time with the Red Devils, and he appears perfectly suited to Sarri’s exciting brand of attacking football.
Often operating from the left, but more at home using his pace down the middle, the former AS Monaco man’s numbers in his Premier League career to date are not too far down on those put up by Hazard during the same period:
Few players in world football would be able to match the contribution of the talismanic Belgian international, but Martial proved last season in the top-flight that he is more than capable of delivering at a similar level to Willian, albeit in a different way:
Although Manchester United would be reluctant to sell to a potential rival, particularly during the season, generating a significant transfer fee for a player who clearly doesn’t want to be there would free up some funds to bring the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Aaron Ramsey to Old Trafford.