Chelsea's January transfer window so far
The main transfer stories involving Chelsea four days into January
With the transfer window swinging open on Wednesday, Chelsea have already swooped for Bertrand Traore, acquiring his services free of charge.
The 18 year old midfielder moved from Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso in his native country of Burkina Faso, and has signed a four year deal with the Blues.
However, he has met up with several of Chelsea's younger players on loan in the Netherlands, joining Vitesse Arnhem.
With Vitesse currently second on goal difference to Ajax, there is every chance that some of these players could get vital Champions League action if they stay for next season, and at such a young age, this would improve their overall game hugely.
Traore played in a few of Chelsea’s pre season games in the summer, using these matches as a trial.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg have been told that in order to sign out of favour midfielder Kevin De Bruyne they will need to stump up £25m. However, I don’t think that De Bruyne has been given a chance at Chelsea, having appeared in just three Premier League games.
He scored ten goals in 32 games when on loan at Werder Bremen last season; a creditable amount for a midfielder. Mourinho does have an excess of attacking midfielders; with the likes of Oscar, Mata, Hazard and Schurrle it is going to be hard to break into the starting line up, so perhaps a loan move would benefit De Bruyne, preferably to a team where he would start most games.
Finally, Juan Mata’s future at the club is now in further doubt. The man who won player of the year the last two seasons running at Chelsea has been cast aside since Mourinho arrived at the Bridge at the start of the season, preferring Oscar as his man behind the striker rather than Mata.
It seems Mourinho has a track record for leaving out star players, first Casillas at Real Madrid, and is now casting doubt over Mata’s future at Chelsea.
Were he to leave, surely Manchester United would be obvious contenders to sign him, however, Mata would not come cheap, and would most certainly demand a high wage.
Mata’s experience of the Premier League makes him a safer option than the young Spaniard Koke, who is also linked with United, however, Mata is likely to command a higher fee.
David Moyes will have to make a decision, and I think Mata would quickly become a fans’ favourite, like at Chelsea, making the Glaswegian’s job more secure, which is exactly what Moyes needs.
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