Chelsea are looking at yet another quiet transfer window for this January. That may not sit well on first glance, but seeing as how the club are out of contention in the league but still have a decent enough chance to win either of the two knockout competitions in which we're still alive with the current squad, staying put this winter makes plenty of sense. Save the big moves and big moneys for the summer.
In light of that, the rumors claiming Chelsea interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's Granit Xhaka make perfect sense. Midfield will be (once again) a key area where reinforcements will be needed — though if recent evidence tells us anything, that's no guarantee of actually getting reinforcements — and the well-rounded 23-year-old (defensive) midfielder has emerged as one of the top talents in the Bundesliga at that position over the last couple years. We could certainly do far worse than the young man once described as the next Bastian Schweinsteiger and rated as more highly talented than fellow Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri.
"I know that Granit will not leave Gladbach now, no way, I can influence that. But I do not know what will happen in the summer."
"There are always situations in which each club must come to think about. It also depends on numbers, if the figures dizzy..."
Perhaps we could use our good business relationship with Gladbach, built on the backs of Thorgan Hazard and the ever-impressive Andreas Christensen, as a way to gain an advantage over other suitors like Arsenal and Bayern Munich? Eberl remains hopeful that they can hang on to their captain, but like he said, money talks. And Chelsea will be doing plenty of talking.