Chelsea ready to splash the cash

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Chelsea are reportedly preparing to capture Giannelli Imbula (R) in January.GettyImagesChelsea are reportedly preparing to capture Giannelli Imbula (R) in January.

Chelsea are preparing to splash the cash when the January transfer window opens with the Metro reporting that the Stamford Bridge outfit will outlay £50 million to lure Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula and FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. France international Mangala was a target for many Premier League clubs during the summer window with Manchester United rumoured to have been unwilling to meet the 22-year-old's buy-out clause. However, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not one to balk at big transfer price-tags and is desperate to strengthen his defensive options. Meanwhile, Imbula is seen as another future prospect for Chelsea's midfield with the 21-year-old a permanent fixture at the Ligue 1 club.

Talking of London clubs spending big in the January window, West Ham are considering a bid for Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason according to the Mirror. The 24-year-old international has been in blistering form for Dutch side SC Heerenveen, scoring 11 goals in the Eredivisie this season. And the attacker's strike-rate has caught the attention of Sam Allardyce, with the Hammers' boss sending his chief scout to watch the player. And with West Ham still plying their trade without lead striker Andy Carroll, Allardyce could make Finnbogason his number one January target.

Finally, Real Madrid are ready to offer Portugal international Pepe new contract terms according to Spanish outlet La Sexta. The 30-year-old has been a permanent fixture under Carlo Ancelotti, helping the capital club to move up to third in La Liga. And that form will be rewarded by the club with Pepe expected to be offered a new deal worth €5 million-a-year.

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