Chelsea's start to their Premier League title defense has been nothing short of a disaster. The Blues languish in 16th after suffering their seventh defeat of the season at Stoke City on Saturday.
A number of their top stars have underperformed and, if reports are to be believed, Jose Mourinho is ready for a January clear-out.
With the transfer window fast approaching, we took a look at five realistic signings the Stamford Bridge outfit could make to save their season. The likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, who are all pretty unrealistic additions, do not feature.
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JOHN STONES | EVERTON
The west London club were hot on the heels of John Stones throughout the summer but were never able to force a deal over the line.
Everton were insistent the England international was not for sale regardless of the fee Chelsea put in front of them and, according to the Mirror, are confident of retaining his services throughout the January window.
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However, the Stamford Bridge outfit must go all out in their chase of the former Barnsley defender. Mourinho's men have shipped 23 goals in 12 games and their airtight defence of last season seems a distant memory.
Stones may cost a handsome fee, but it is worth it for a player who can step straight into the first-team and command a starting spot for the next decade.
RUBEN NEVES | FC PORTO
While Chelsea's defence has been a shambles, their midfield has not fared any better. Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, two players who were integral in helping the Blues lift the Premier League last season, have both been suffering a crisis of confidence.
Throughout this campaign, Chelsea's central players have left their back four exposed and it has cost them dearly.
Neves, who made history by becoming the youngest captain in Champions League history, is a midfield enforcer with an eye for goal, and is just the latest player off the FC Porto production line.
ALEX TEIXEIRA | SHAKHTAR DONETSK
Alex Teixeira has been making waves with Shakhtar Donetsk. Having lost Douglas Costa to Bayern Munich, the Brazilian has emphatically stepped up for the Ukranian outfit; scoring 19 goals in 13 league games.
The 25-year-old has recently been linked with Chelsea, and it's easy to see why. The attacking midfielder is quick, strong, can pass the ball and has a deadly eye for goal.
The Blues have been lacking in creativity this season and they need look no further than Teixeira.
JAVIER HERNANDEZ | BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Chelsea have already taken on former Manchester United striker on board this season.
Radamel Falcao has quickly found his chances limited having failed to impress since joining on a temporary basis.
However, Javier Hernandez has discovered a new lease of life at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Chicharito is enjoying his football once again and has scored 10 goals in 14 games for his new club.
A January move may be too soon for 'Little Pea', but if the Stamford Bridge club want a proven Premier League goalscorer than he is their man.
PACO ALCACER | VALENCIA
Paco Alcacer has burst onto the scene at Valencia and is establishing himself in the Spanish national team.
The 22-year-old has scored five goals in ten La Liga appearances for Valencia and has found the net six times in his ten caps for La Roja - five more than Costa.
According to ESPN, Chelsea scouts have been keeping a close eye on the young forward. Having replaced Costa in the national team, could he be about to take his spot at the Bridge?
Chelsea fans, who would you like to see your team sign in the January transfer window? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below
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