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Chelsea are reportedly planning to make offers for both Thomas Lemar and Ross Barkley as they plan to add more depth to their squad in the winter transfer window.
As the season progresses into the second half, the Blues may look to strengthen their squad. After failing to sign credible players over the summer, the Blues are now trying to make up for lost summer opportunities and are looking to sign both Thomas Lemar and Ross Barkley. It is a difficult task to complete one big deal in January so completing two would be impressive.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have been keeping tabs on both Lemar and Barkley as the board look to compensate for poor summer recruitment.
Lemar was involved in a transfer deadline day drama in the summer in with Arsenal. The Gunners were on the verge of agreeing a deal before it fell through. Nonetheless, the Frenchman will be on several club’s transfer target list at the end of the season. Being ready to complete a deal in January will give Chelsea an edge over all other clubs.
Barkley, meanwhile, has been on the Blues’ radar for a while now. Jose Mourinho made effort to sign him during his time at Stamford Bridge. A deal then seemed all but done in the summer before it fell through – Barkley’s injury shouldered the blame.
Many have expected Chelsea to reignite their interest in Barkley in January, but with the Arrival of a new manager at Goodison Park a deal may be difficult. Sam Allardyce has made huge changes at Everton since his appointment and could drive a hard bargain. If he wants Barkley to be part of Everton’s story this season, he will hold on to him.
Chelsea must be careful not to fall into panic and exceed budget. January is not a great time to probe the transfer market. Clubs add an extra premium onto prices to reflect the inconvenience of losing a player halfway through a season. With the Blues out of the Premier League title race, they are under no pressure to strengthen.
The club should sound out their counterparts to see if a reasonable price can be agreed. If so, great. If not, so be it. Once the summer arrives, they can properly return to the drawing board and buy the right player at the right price.