Chelsea held negotiations with €45m-rated Premier League forward

London club could reportedly be back in business this winter, at least as far as being able to compete in the transfer market goes. Chelsea look confident they could see their transfer ban lifted early, and they’ve already begun contacting agents to make their intentions known.

It’s not yet clear precisely how much the Blues would have to spend or who they would target, but on their day the London club can be as competitive as anyone when it comes to entering bidding wars for top talent.

They were smart to swoop for Christian Pulisic last winter, even if he didn’t move to Chelsea until the summer, and in recent times they’ve also done well to win the battle for big names like N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

After being unable to make signings this transfer window, while selling forward Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Blues should now have some money saved up to improve this slightly depleted squad that’s made a slow start under English manager.

A top attacking footballer with flair, pace, skill and an eye for goal, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha makes fantastic sense as a potential Eden Hazard replacement for the Blues.

The 26-year-old forward has already shown what he can do in the Premier League and would inevitably not struggle to settle at Stamford Bridge, while he’s also conveniently already based in London.

Even without factoring in Belgian star’s exit, Pedro and Willian already up to 30 and haven’t been at their best so far this campaign, with Wilfried surely an upgrade and ideal long-term purchase.