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Ivanovic helped the club win many honours alongside Gary Cahill.

Chelsea's top 3 January signings

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Chelsea have endured a nightmare Premier League campaign and will no doubt be looking at bolstering the squad when the transfer window reopens tomorrow.

The Blues, who drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Monday, were held by the Red Devils in the latest disappointing result of this season.

Guus Hiddink is facing a huge January to help him arrest their current slump, so here are the top three players the Blues have signed in the New Year since the window was introduced in 2003.

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Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill may be struggling to replicate the form that makes him John Terry’s best defensive partner, but has proven to be excellent value since signing from Bolton Wanderers in a £7 million transfer back in 2012.

The England international immediately walked into the starting XI, and started the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in Terry’s place alongside David Luiz, as well as helping the club win the FA Cup under Roberto Di Matteo.

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He helped the club claim the Europa League the following season before his consistency helped the club win the title last season with memorable performances against Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford.

Cahill could even succeed Terry as captain when the 35-year-old finally leaves the capital, and may be the perfect partner for Kurt Zouma to thrive alongside.

Nicolas Anelka

Regardless of what controversial act Nicolas Anelka produces, the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool striker was a big hit at Stamford Bridge after signing from Bolton in a £15 million transfer in 2008.

He missed the decisive penalty when they played United in the Champions League final in the same year, but responded by topping the scoring charts ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the league the following season.

Under Carlo Ancelotti, he formed one-third of an attacking trident also consisting of Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda which helped the Blues win the title under the Italian with the Frenchman scoring 15 times in 45 appearances.

Anelka was eventually sold to Shanghai Shenhua in 2012  but returned to England for a final time with West Bromwich Albion just over a year later.

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Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic has been one of the most consistent defenders in English football since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008.

The Serbian international was brought to the club by Avram Grant and has since been a regular in the side under managers Luis Filipe Scolari, Hiddink, Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho.

During that spell, he has amassed a total of nine honours, though was suspended for the victory over Bayern in the Allianz Arena in 2012.

Ivanovic endured a horrendous start to this season but has improved and was amongst the scorers as Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 mere days after Mourinho’s departure.

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Chelsea
John Terry
Branislav Ivanovic
Premier League
Football
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka
Gary Cahill

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