Chelsea have been unusually quiet in the transfer market this January, but the latest offerings from the rumour mill suggest that it’s all about to kick off at Stamford Bridge.
Some red top quarters moot that German forward Andre Schurrle is a £23m target for Wolfsburg, while rival gossip peddlers indicate the Blues are readying a £26.8m offer for Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man has endured a frustrating time in west London following his £18m switch from the Bundesliga, starting just five Premier League matches in 2014/15.
He has made the lineup for each of their three Capital One Cup games so far thid term though and rates a good bet to score the opener when Chelsea travel to Liverpool tonight at 7/1.
This peripheral role in the first team doesn’t suit the World Cup winner, but the Blues would be foolish to relinquish him, especially if they plan on replacing him with Cuadrado.
Having notched four goals and assisted as many, the Colombian is performing admirably for the Champions League-chasing Serie A side, but what he would bring to the Chelsea attack wouldn’t offer much of a variation on what they have.
At present, the west Londoners attacking-midfield trio deployed behind the solo striker perfectly compliment one another.
Eden Hazard provides stellar dribbling ability, Oscar offers ingenuity and Willian combines creativity with work ethic.
When Schurrle is drafted into this triptych, he increases the goal threat.
A supreme dribbler Cuadrado certainly is, but in Belgian ball-carrier Hazard they already stock one of the business’ best and unbalancing the current three-man team of chaos creators halfway through the season holds no obvious benefit.
Of the four currently on the books, Schurrle is the player who comes closest to resembling a striker, which makes him the ideal alternative to introduce from the bench when the club are chasing a win.
As the title race intensifies in the second half of the season, this is likely to prove useful and is certainly something Chelsea don’t want to lose.