With the club football set to resume at the end of the month, Chelsea are in a spot of bother as they have lost their main forward Armando Broje through a serious knee injury. He has been ruled out for the rest of the season, leaving Graham Potter with limited goalscoring options.
A recent report from Evening Standard has offered an update on Chelsea’s pursuit of a potential new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.
The report suggests that the Premier League were handed the option to sign Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix for a figure of around €100 million. However, the club are also said to be involved in the race to sign Memphis Depay.
The Barcelona forward was a target for Chelsea in the summer transfer window, but the player did not leave Camp Nou. But a lot has changed since, with Depay, in particular, falling out of favour under Xavi Hernandez. His subsequent performances in the World Cup could earn him a move to a top club in January.
That is where Chelsea come into the fray. The Blues are desperately looking for a striker that can not only replace the injured Broja but also add more competition to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz.
Chelsea are expected to splurge a large amount for RB Leipzig sensation Christopher Nkunku, which should leave them with very little financial room for a big signing like Felix. Depay, therefore, could be an exciting cost-effective option for Potter.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Dutchman will likely be available on a cut-price deal next month. While Barça were offering him a letter of freedom in the summer, such an option is no longer on the table due to the club’s financial situation.
Depay is set to meet Xavi Hernandez next week to decide his future, but recent reports suggest that the Dutchman could be keen on remaining at Barcelona. However, that stance could change should Chelsea come calling for him in the winter.