Chelsea transfer news: January 7th 2015

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It's turning out to be the mother of all transfer windows for Chelsea - and they've not even signed anybody.

Jose Mourinho's side is two-deep at every position, if nobody of note leaves, there's no reason to strengthen in January.

Instead, Chelsea seem to be positioning themselves for the summer window. And what a position they find themselves in.

Because it's only Lionel Messi that is working his way over to Stamford Bridge. The Argentine superstar is winking, nudging, giving Mourinho the eyes, following Chelsea on Instagram - basically anything to get the Blues attention.

Reports are gathering pace by the hour that claim Messi is on the way out of the Nou Camp at the end of the season - and it's either PSG or Chelsea. Just imagine Eden Hazard and Messi in the same team.

Depending on the report, Messi has had a bust-up with Luis Enrique and will leave - OR - Messi has had a bust-up with Luis Enrique and Enrique will leave - OR - Messi just wants to leave because Barcelona are no longer the team they once were - OR - Messi's father has approached Chelsea already because he's a maverick and doesn't play by the rules - OR - Roman Abramovich has hatched an elaborate plot to kidnap him.

One of these is not true. In fact, none of them may be true but it seems certain that all is not well at the Nou Camp for now, and until it's stated to the contrary, Messi will be linked with a transfer.

Elsewhere, reports in Italy are linking Chelsea with a bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

Ignoring the fact that Icardi and Drogba couldn't be more different strikers if they tried, there's the small fact that Icardi isn't actually that good. I'm not paying £30m for a player who's best tally is 10 Serie A goals in a season (he will beat that this year, but with nine goals so far he's not exactly setting the world alight).


Somewhat bizarrely, The Times is reporting that Jose Mourinho has told Andre Schurrle to 'hit the gym or face the axe'. The gym or the axe. Both not that appealing.

The German international is a lithe, wiry forward but Mourinho clearly prefers the beefcakes. So, if you're a Fitness First fanatic in the Chelsea area, keep your eye out for a quiffed new arrival nervously approaching the bench press.

Another Chelsea star who faces the chop is Mohamed Salah, the forgotten man of Stamford Bridge. The London Evening Standard claims that Mourinho has given the Egyptian star a stern appraisal of his work at Chelsea so far, which seems a bit harsh considering the strength in depth Chelsea have at the position.

It's not clear whether Salah also has to hit the gym to keep his job, but if I were him I'd do it anyway just to be safe.

That's it for the moment, a few players possibly heading for the exit door but nothing for Chelsea fans to be too concerned about. And then, while the prospect of a signing this month looks bleak, a little patience could be rewarded with the biggest coup of them all.

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