Chelsea : Five January transfer targets for AVB

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Under-pressure Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has today not ruled out bringing in some fresh legs - and faces - to his side in the forth coming January transfer window.

With Chelsea's 'veterans' struggling to keep up with the two high-flying teams from Manchester, lists five transfer targets for Villas-Boas' side.

1. Gary Cahill - Estimated value : £8million

The Bolton centre half is out of contract at The Reebok Stadium in the summer. This means a big move is on the cards for Cahill without a club having to fork out millions for the England international.

He would work as a good replacement for John Terry or Alex, too.

2. Bruno Cortez - Estimated value : £15million

The Brazilian 24-year-old left back has just broken into Mano Menezes’ international squad this season after a consistent campaign with Botafogo.

Playing for one of the best footballing nations in the world will only see him improve and Ashley Cole is not getting any younger.

3. Josip Ilicic - Estimated value : £21.5million

Palermo have asked for £21.5million pounds for their Slovenian playmaker in a bid to scare off some of the bigger clubs in Europe - Chelsea being one of them.

The club insist he is not for sale and the player will only leave if a club pays his release clause - which is not so much of a problem in this day and age.

4. Emmanuel Frimpong - Estimated value : £10million

Chelsea may even make a shock bid for Arsenal centre midfielder Frimpong to play alongside his fellow countryman Michael Essien - or even replace the injured Ghanian.

The 19-year-old has burst on the scene at the Emirates, making way for Villas-Boas to note him as a possible target.

5. Lucas Ocampus - Estimated value : £14million

Ocampus has been labelled the 'next Ronaldo' and River Plate have turned down a bid from Italian giants Inter Milan for the highly regarded 17-year-old.

River Plate are reluctant to sell Ocampus until they had achieved promotion back to the Argentine Primera Division after being relegated last campaign - but a big money move may change their minds.

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