Chelsea Set Their Target on Alexis Sanchez
Chelsea's continuous search for fresh and effective attacking options has led the West London side to the Nou Camp with the Blues monitoring Chilean international Alexis Sanchez ahead of a potential January bid for the Barcelona star.
Roman Abramovich is reportedly anxious to invest in the Stamford Bridge squad in January and following discussions with technical director Micheal Emenalo and manager Roberto Di Matteo there is agreement with regards to interest in the 23-year-old former Udinese attacker.
Sanchez had a fairly slow first season at Barcelona last term following his move from Serie A, a move that could end up costing the Catalan side £30m, and under new boss Tito Villanova the speedy attacker has struggled to secure a regular spot in the first team picture.
Alexis has started four of the club's seven La Liga matches this term but most notably was named on the bench for the first El Clasico of the campaign. Villanova has a number of players available for wide attacking roles, such as Pedro, Isaac Cuenca, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, and Andres Iniesta all capable of filling the spots either side of the unstoppable Argentine Lionel Messi. As yet, Alexis Sanche is yet to net in La Liga this term, further threatening his position in Villanova's plans.
Chelsea feel they could tempt Sanchez into a move to the Premier League side and Di Matteo could well do with alternative striking options and could turn to the Barcelona man as a support forward to help out Fernando Torres up front, or indeed opt to use Alexis in a wide floating role.
Barcelona may be open to significant offers for the forward and a possible bid from Chelsea would increase if Daniel Sturridge, as speculated, was sold or loaned out in January.
Manchester City Set Up Bid for Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
There has been a great deal of speculation about the former Arsenal skipper's apparent unhappiness of not being guaranteed a first team spot under new boss Tito Villanova, speculation that seems to be without foundation given that the 25-year-old hasn't missed a La Liga or Champions League match this term.
While Man City does have a number of midfield options, they do perhaps lack strength in depth when it comes to players who can drive the play forward. Yaya Toure is usually the "go-to-guy" for this purpose but Mancini will have to do without the Ivory Coast international for the best part of two months as he takes part in the African Nations Cup.
Toure's agent has also talked up the possibility of an exit for his client, this may have some part to play in the link with Cesc Fabregas.