Chelsea boss's January transfer revelation will frustrate Blues fans as new striker on wishlist

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has made a January transfer revelation that will definitely frustrate some Blues fans. Meanwhile a fresh striker has been added to the west Londoners' signing wishlist.

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While some reports claim that Pochettino seeks to improve his already bloated but injury-plagued roster, the CFC gaffer himself says that he is actually not expecting to be active in the market this New Year. Can we take that to mean generally, or that a marquee, natural goalscorer isn't being targeted? We'll have more on that later.

There truly are too many Chelsea-linked players to mention at present; many connections are mere concoctions by hack journalism or unreliable and untrustworthy sources, which is a pain. But the Blues will have tracked many other legitimate targets for a long time. Over the previous two rather unsuccessful transfer opportunities, the Stamford Bridge outfit signed a whopping 20 footballers. Mostly young starlets. So outgoings are more likely on this occasion.

But what did 'Poch' say, exactly? Well, the Argentine essentially claimed he envisions a quieter window in winter 2024. The ex-Southampton gaffer added that he will discuss acquisition matters with the CFC owner and sporting director. Nevertheless, he is 'not thinking' of having a busy month. Yet he concedes the decision will be a joint one between the aforementioned parties.

Are Chelsea interested in snatching Ukraine international Artem Dovbyk?

With that in mind, we can now presume rather than assume that a top level centreforward won't be arriving on Fulham Road in Jan, I would say. Victor Osimhen's recent contract extension arguably rules him out, as well. Could Girona's Dovbyk be winging his way to the English capital? That eventuality is still a possibility. Let's see what Mirror Sport states about the player and rumours:

"Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his squad this month and Girona striker Artem Dovbyk is on their radar. And according to a report from the Sun, Dovbyk is high on Chelsea's transfer wish list and has been watched by their scouts in recent weeks. Pochettino is said to have been impressed by Dovbyk's 'physical profile' and wants him to provide competition for Nicolas Jackson."

Matthew Cooper