9 players who Chelsea should look to sign in the January transfer window

​Improved attacking options and a Chilean midfield warrior should be on Antonio Conte’s winter shopping list, says Greg Lea

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Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)

Signing another left wing-back should be a priority for Chelsea, who currently have no natural cover for Marcos Alonso. Not much was expected of the former Bolton and Sunderland man when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2016, but the Spaniard has exceeded expectations and become an essential part of the Blues’ attacking unit.

Question marks remain about his defensive capabilities, but even if Alonso is to remain first choice going into February, Chelsea need another option on that flank. Asamoah, whose contract expires at the end of June, would bring dynamism and intelligence to the role, while the Ghanian can also play in midfield if required.

Suso (Milan)

Suso has been a rare bright spot for Milan in a dismal first half of the 2017/18 campaign, picking up from where he left off last season and looking completely unrecognisable from the player who struggled to make an impact at Liverpool. Able to play anywhere across the frontline, he’s adept at both creating and converting chances, with 12 league goals and 12 assists to his name since the start of 2016/17.

The 24-year-old signed a new contract at San Siro last year, but Milan are in a tricky financial situation and may be forced to part with one or two of their star men this month. Perhaps only goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma would fetch a larger fee than the Spaniard.

Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

After a prolific start to his Chelsea career, Alvaro Morata has been wasteful in front of goal for a few weeks now. Antonio Conte is clearly reluctant to rest the Spaniard and bring in Michy Batshuayi, however, which means it would be worthwhile acquiring another centre-forward in January.

Celtic won’t want to lose Dembele midway through the campaign, even if they’re strong enough to win the Premiership without him. Likened to Romelu Lukaku by former Bhoys midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, the 21-year-old striker is a lethal finisher inside the penalty area and could be worth pursuing.