Todd Boehly, who spent nearly £300 million on seven new players in the summer, is expected to back Graham Potter up with more signings in the January transfer window.
Memphis Depay scored in the Netherlands’ World Cup round of 16 match against the United States.
Chelsea appears to be one of the busiest Premier League clubs in January. The Blues spent over £250 million on players this summer, including Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Since joining Chelsea, Sterling has struggled to make the same impact he did at Manchester City, and there is still a need for a capable back-up option for Reece James. James was left out of England’s World Cup squad after suffering a knee injury against AC Milan in October, forcing Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to step in.
Potter, who took over Thomas Tuchel’s squad in September, will be hoping to add players who fit his style of play in January. Denzel Dumfries and Memphis Depay have both been linked with moves to West London after impressing at the World Cup.
Chelsea chose to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona ahead of Depay on Deadline Day last summer, but the Dutch forward is still being linked. The 28-year-old wanted to fight for his place at Camp Nou despite their new signings, but with his contract set to expire next summer, he could be available for as little as £5 million, according to various reports.
When Romelu Lukaku agreed to return to Inter Milan on loan in the summer, Dumfries was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but the deal fell through. Chelsea may re-enter the market for the Netherlands international, who is valued at €50 million (£42 million) by CIES Football Observatory.
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The 26-year-old plays right wing-back for both club and country and has contributed five goals in 24 appearances this season. James’ injury was a huge blow for the Blues, with Potter lacking a suitable replacement, which means a move to Dumfries could strengthen his squad’s depth and quality going forward, rather than forcing him to change formations when a key player is absent.
Dumfries provided the assist for Depay’s goal, which put the Netherlands ahead of the USA in their World Cup round of 16 match. The Dutch defender burst down the right wing before cutting it back to Depay in the penalty box, who fired past Matt Turner.