Chelsea can spend £241m on new signings as Thomas Tuchel gives January transfer window warning



Chelsea have reached Christmas with their title hopes diminished but still alive.

Thomas Tuchel has seen his team drop points in five of their past eight games and a five-point lead over Manchester City has turned into a six-point deficit.

And with the squad presently depleted through injury and a coronavirus outbreak that has seen a bunch of academy players join first-team training earlier this week, it will be fascinating to see if the club is active in the January transfer window to bolster those ambitions.

Tuchel has already inidicated he expects a quiet window, however.. “We are not in talks right now that we bring in players, because first of all we trust our squad, and hope that we can bring all our players back and be in full strength,” the head coach said earlier this month.

“Then we have a strong squad and a good atmosphere to protect. This is where we are right now.”

But the good news should that stance change and should a big name become available is that the club can spend big without breaking financial fair play restrictions – they have £241million at their disposal before taking those regulations into account and could splurge more if some fringe players were to be moved on.

Yet recent history also indicates that the West London club have been among the quietest in the Premier League when it comes to winter business.

Since bringing in Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri four winters ago, the only piece of January activity was confirming the acquisition of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

But that was made with the club’s impending transfer ban approaching and he did not join the team until the following summer

There were no arrivals whatsoever in the past two winters, in addition to 2017, with the only other notable activity in the past decade coming in a busy 2014 and 2012.





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