Marina Granovskaia’s dream transfer to transform the Chelsea squad and the realistic alternative

Chelsea’s squad looks in good shape after a summer of lavish spending, with the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz adding real quality to Frank Lampard’s side.

The Blues have started the season well, too, and look capable of challenging for silverware.

But there may still be some business done in January, particularly if the right players become available.

With just over a month until the window opens, we’ve taken a look at one realistic and one dream addition to the Chelsea squad.

Realistic: Declan Rice

It seems inevitable that Rice will at some point return to his boyhood club. The 21-year-old has excelled at West Ham after leaving Chelsea in 2014, and Lampard is clearly an admirer.

The Blues have been repeatedly linked with a mov for the England international, though West Ham, understandably, will not give up their star player without a fight.

Whether a bid will come in January remains to be seen, but it’s certainly possible that Chelsea could look to further strengthen what is arguably one of the few weak points in their squad.

Mateo Kovacic has recently been restored to the starting XI after starting the season as a peripheral figure. Jorginho, meanwhile, appears to have fallen out of favour.

Chelsea have had some success with a midfield three this term, and Rice would slot into that perfectly alongside N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount.

He would also provide defensive cover, able to fill in when the ageing Thiago Silva needs a rest or in the event of an injury crisis.

Crucially, Rice is still young, despite the experience he has gained over the last few years at West Ham. Lampard will have time to mould the midfielder, to build his team around a player who has already lined up with Mount and Ben Chilwell on the international stage.

Dream: Jude Bellingham

It would be a remarkable turn of events if Chelsea were able to prise Bellingham away from Borussia Dortmund just months after his move to the Bundesliga club.

But a recent report in the Sun last week claimed that the 17-year-old midfielder has been identified as a potential alternative to Rice.

A January move for Bellingham seems unlikely given he only left Birmingham City in a £25m deal back in July, but if a surprise transfer is a possibility Chelsea would be wise not to pass up the opportunity.

The teenager is perhaps the brightest prospect of his generation, a precocious talent with all the attributes required to be an elite midfielder for years to come.

If Chelsea want to build a midfield with English foundations, perhaps with Rice still to come and Mount continuing his impressive progress, then Bellingham could certainly be considered a dream signing.

The issue is that Dortmund will probably be unwilling to negotiate so soon after signing the England Under-17 captain. If they do entertain an offer from Chelsea, the price tag will likely be astronomical, as it was when Manchester United came calling for Jadon Sancho.

There might also be a temptation to wait and see how Bellingham does at Dortmund, even if his form at such a young age in the Championship suggests the step up will be no problem.

Chelsea could test the water in January, but this is a potential transfer that will likely become more realistic further down the line.

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