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Chelsea identify January transfer priorities

Despite having spent almost £1 billion in the last three transfer windows, Chelsea are promising to be active again when the transfer window opens again, and have identified three positions as priorities.

Striker is a key position as they have not yet found a reliable goalscorer. Nicolas Jakson is still raw, and Christopher Nkonku has yet to kick a ball in anger because of his injury issues.

They are also looking for a long-term replacement at centre-back for Thiago Silva, who is now 39, and has intimated that he might return to Brazil when his contract expires at the end of the season.

And they also want to strengthen in the left-back area. Ben Chilwell has had his fair share of injuries, whilst Marc Cucurella, despite his fine performance in the derby against Arsenal, has largely not been up to scratch since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

They do have Ian Maatsen, but it increasingly looks like the Dutch defender will be one of those heading for the exit door in January, having failed to secure first-team football.

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