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Chelsea have been installed as bookies favorites to sign Riyad Mahrez when the January transfer window opens.
The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the just concluded transfer window but nothing materialized as club chiefs opted to sign his former teammate Danny Drinkwater.
With Mahrez still open to a switch away from Leicester City, Sky Bet via Football Transfer Tavern have placed Chelsea as favorites for his signature in January.
The Blues have been placed at an odd of 5/1 to bring the Algerian to Stamford Bridge in the new year.
Mahrez revealed in May that he wanted to join a big club but for unknown reasons, top clubs refused to make a move for him.
It was only Roma who showed concrete interest in signing him but the Italians fell short of Leicester’s £50m valuation.
Chelsea and Barcelona were strongly linked with him on deadline day but neither made a move for his services.
It is believed that Mahrez will have to work harder in the next few months if he is to secure a move to a big club in January.
Should Chelsea move for Mahrez, he would be an exciting option going forward. However, he will have to work on the defensive aspect of his game.
The presence of Hazard mean he won’t be our star player which may require him to work harder than he is currently doing at Leicester. If he is able to tweak his game, then he would be a brilliant signing.