As the weeks run down to January, attention will turn to Chelsea’s approach to the mid-season transfer window and what moves Marina Granovskaia should prioritise
January is notoriously a challenging window to make smart deals and Chelsea have been burned before on this front by jumping into panicked transfers, usually for attacking players, which does little to positively impact the team.
For this January there really is no need for attacking incomings. Even if the outcry for a second striker may have risen after the recent injuries to Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, Tuchel has still coped well and there are enough attacking options the club have invested in over recent seasons, the challenge for Marina Granovskaia is more in securing the talent she already has and planning for the future in defence and midfield.
Right up until deadline day in September it was clear Chelsea wanted to bring the highly-rated 22-year-old to West London from Sevilla.
Even with the late shenanigans pulled by Sevilla’s sporting direction Monchi to demand the full £72m release clause in Jules Kounde’s contract, it became apparent in the days after the player wanted the move.
If Chelsea get an indication that Rudiger or Christensen are unwilling to sign a new deal, moving proactively for Mounds might be the smartest act to bolster the defence with an insurance policy. Even removing the contract fear, the club have been targeting Kounde for some time so it feels this transfer might be a matter of when and not if.