Chelsea is reportedly showing interest in securing the services of Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran before the January transfer window deadline. The 20-year-old Colombian has been in the spotlight with four goals across various competitions, including the Europa Conference League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup.
While there have been no formal offers for Duran yet, the player’s future at Villa remains uncertain. Chelsea, aiming to reinforce their striking options, is keen on adding Duran to their squad. However, Chelsea needs to be mindful of Profitability & Sustainability Rules (PSR), which could influence their decision-making in the transfer market.
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s manager, asserts that the club doesn’t necessarily need to sell players before making new signings. Speculations suggest that selling academy graduates like Broja, Conor Gallagher, and/or Trevoh Chalobah might help balance the books.
The January transfer window is currently open and is set to close on February 1, 2024, at 11 pm in England and midnight in Scotland. Chelsea is navigating their transfer strategy with an eye on the closing dates, aiming to harmonize with other major European leagues.
In a recent boost to Chelsea’s pursuit of Duran, the player has expressed his focus on Aston Villa but has not ruled out the possibility of joining a club like Chelsea. While game time has been limited for Duran at Villa, Chelsea faces competition from other clubs, with West Ham reportedly making an unsuccessful enquiry.
Despite potential challenges, Duran, in an interview earlier this month, hinted at the allure of joining a club like Chelsea, stating, “They are giant clubs, and it would be a pleasure.” The young striker is open to the possibility of fulfilling his ‘dream’ move to Stamford Bridge.