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5 players Chelsea should look to sign in January 

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Conte wants reinforcements

It's that festive time of the year again. For football clubs and fans, it indicates the imminent start of the frenetic period of cash spending known as the transfer window. While the January windows are generally inflated, clubs in dire need of players and strengthening need to splurge. And Chelsea is one such club definitely in need of more numbers, at least Antonio Conte will have you believe so.

The Italian has continuously bemoaned a lack of quality depth in his squad after a "failed" summer transfer window in which Chelsea spend close to $200 million. While Chelsea do not spend as much as they used to, they will definitely be in the market to satisfy the demands of their manager.

Let us take a look at 5 players Chelsea should be looking to sign in January.

#5 Ryan Bertrand

Southampton v Watford - Premier League
Bertrand has been in fine form this season

One position in which Chelsea are glaringly understocked is left wing back. Marcos Alonso is first choice and a fine one at that but look beyond and there is no one. Zappacosta has sometimes played on the wrong side with Kenedy also being used as a makeshift left wing back. With Kenedy moving to Newcastle, it is certain Chelsea will buy a left back in the winter window.

They need to look no further than one of their former players, Ryan Bertrand. The Chelsea academy graduate, who interestingly made his Champions League debut in the final win against Bayern Munich in 2012, left the blues in search of more first-team minutes.

His stint at Southampton has been a success till now, giving him the vital minutes he needed and has turned him into an England International. It is perhaps time for him to test himself in a team with title aspirations and no sentiments will be hurt in returning to his boyhood club.

This move will also come cheaper than some of the other high profile left backs in the market and with Bertrand increasing the homegrown numbers and not being cup-tied, this deal presents huge value for Chelsea.

Also read: 5 Arsenal players who may leave the club in January

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