Graham Potter will receive three transfers from Chelsea in January, When the transfer window opens in January, Chelsea will need to fill a number of positions.
The Blues’ strongest position is likely to be centre-back. Chelsea’s priority remains midfield, so here are a few midfielders and wingers who are nearing the end of their contracts and may be available.
The 27-year-old Frenchman has previously been linked with Chelsea and looks set to become a free agent in the summer. That is, assuming no one signs him to a pre-contract agreement in January.
Lemar rose to prominence as a left-sided winger, but he has recently been used as a central midfielder who can also play as a No.8 or No.10. He is very strong in possession, with good ball retention and dribbling ability, but he may lack the defensive awareness to play in a two-man midfield. The Atletico Madrid midfielder could be used in a midfield three as one of the wider midfielders, similar to what Mason Mount does for Chelsea on occasion.
According to a summer report from Spain, there was significant uncertainty about whether Lemar would renew his contract with Atleti. According to the article, manager Diego Simeone places a high value on the French midfielder.
Laimer is yet another midfielder whose future is uncertain. The 25-year-old has been at RB Leipzig since 2017 after joining from sister club RB Salzburg, and his stock has risen rapidly in the Bundesliga.
As seen at Leipzig throughout his tenure, the Austrian can be used as a No.6 or a No.8. He is very strong in possession, but his work off the ball makes him a very combative midfield option.
Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff stated in the summer that he hoped to make a decision on his future soon, but it remains uncertain, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested.
We’re having a good conversation with the player. It is also known that we are in discussions with Bayern,” Mintzlaff explained. “Both the player and we can see ourselves entering the final year of the contract without extending it.” We are at ease with the situation, but we need a decision on how to proceed soon.”
For what seems like an eternity, the 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League. Arsenal has always been the club with the most interest in the Lyon midfielder, who appears to be set for a summer move.
Aouar’s stock was extremely high at one point, but in recent years, he may not have received as much attention. However, there is undeniable talent there, and someone could get a great deal if they sign him to a pre-contract agreement in January.
The Lyon star enjoys having the ball at his feet and taking on opponents. His vision and passing eye are also excellent, but he may lack the defensive discipline Potter seeks in a midfielder.