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Chelsea confirm first January signing with second set for medical this week

Chelsea have already confirmed that they have a deal in place to sign striker David Datro Fofana from Molde.

The 20-year-old will join the Blues on 1st of January after Chelsea struck a deal reported to be worth £10million with the Norwegian club.

The Ivorian could have the chance to immediately force his way into the team with the Blues light on options through the middle.

Kai Havertz remains Potter’s preferred option, scoring and making an assist against Bournemouth on Tuesday, with Aubameyang still failing to impress since his summer arrival.

With Armando Broja out for the rest of the campaign, Fofana could be thrown straight into the first-team picture.

His arrival is set to be followed by the signing of Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos.

Chelsea agreed a £17.5m deal with Vasco da Gama last week with the player set to leave his homeland on Thursday to undergo a medical in London, according to journalist Venê Casagrande.

Chelsea hope to secure a work permit allowing Santos to join the squad immediately but could still send him back to Vasco da Gama until the summer.

The Blues could be among the busiest teams in the Premier League in January having also opened talks with Monaco over the signing of Benoit Badiashile in a deal that could be worth around £35m.

Badiashile is capable of playing in a back four or as either a central or left-sided centre-back in a back three, which is the formation Potter currently favours.

According to The Times, the France international is now Chelsea’s key target for the winter window and negotiations are in progress.

Potter was asked about the arrival of Badiashile at his post-match press conference on Tuesday after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth, but played down the transfer talk.

‘My answer is I don’t speak about anyone that isn’t a Chelsea player,’ began the Chelsea head coach. There are lots of people who get linked to this club and I’d be wasting your time and mine if I responded to every one.

‘I always say the club’s responsibility is to try to improve the team but my job is to try to improve the players we have here, and the team. That’s what I’ll be focused on.’

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