Stripped of its Champions League title and too quickly out of the race for the Premier League crown last season, Chelsea intends to take advantage of the transfer window to strengthen itself. The summer of the Blues has also started in madness. Arrivals, departures, formalizations: here is the point on the transfers already registered or to come in the Chelsea transfer window.
Already two XXL recruits…
Endowed with new ambitions following the takeover of Roman Abramovich’s club by American businessman Todd Boehly, Chelsea began their transfer window with two major official announcements.
At the end of the contract in one year, England winger Raheem Sterling has indeed chosen to leave Manchester City and he has decided to come and strengthen the attack of the Blues, who have recruited him until June 2027 for 56 million euros! A few days later, the residents of Stamford Bridge followed up with a second bang by getting their hands on Kalidou Koulibaly. Considered one of the best central defender in the world, the Senegalese international cost the London club around 40 million euros to snatch him from Napoli.
… and it’s not over !
The Chelsea transfer window is not going to stop there. Coach Thomas Tuchel is calling for two more reinforcements in central defense! This is how the Blues are on their way to overtaking FC Barcelona to recruit French international Jules Koundé. Discussions with Sevilla FC are progressing well and a transfer of around 65 million euros is beginning to take shape. At the same time, Tuchel dreams of finding another Tricolore, whom he knew at PSG: Presnel Kimpembe. The central defender is available for €50m and Chelsea act as big favorites to welcome him. Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) and Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich) are plans B considered in the event of failure in these files.
Resolutely ambitious, the London club is also trying to play a nasty trick on Manchester United by interfering in the Frenkie de Jong file, which is dragging its feet despite an agreement between MU and Barça for an 85 million euro transfer. An offer from the Blues for the Dutch midfielder is said to be in the works. In this sector, the Portuguese hope Matheus Nunes (Sporting), estimated at 50 million euros, is also one of the targets.
Major departures made official
If Chelsea are so active, it is also because the Blues have lost several important players. Taulier of the defense, Antonio Rüdiger did not wish to extend and he joined Real Madrid free at the end of his contract. Also integrated into the rotation in the axis, Andreas Christensen did the same by signing at Barça. Enough to leave Thiago Silva alone and explain the obsession of Londoners to strengthen themselves in this sector.
A notch higher, the flop Danny Drinkwater went free at the end of his contract, and the Spanish midfielder Saúl Ñíguez, who failed to win, returned to Atletico Madrid at the end of his loan. Return to sender also for Romelu Lukaku! Failed since his return a year ago for 113 million euros (despite scoring 15 goals last season in all competitions), the Belgian striker returned to Inter Milan in the form of a paying loan estimated at 8 million euros, excluding bonuses.
… others will follow
And the wave of departures is not over since many players have contracts that expire in June 2023 and could pack their bags this summer. Among them, the experienced and versatile defender César Azpilicueta and the left side Marcos Alonso, two important elements of the workforce who are heading to FC Barcelona.
A notch higher, the situation of N’Golo Kanté, tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United, and Jorginho, always well rated in Serie A, is also causing a lot of ink to flow. Two files to monitor insofar as we are talking about two executives! Complementary players Kenedy and Ross Barkley also seem set for a start in this game sector.
Among the players on longer-term contracts, three things are also at risk of changing tunes. Downgraded for two years and the arrival of Edouard Mendy, the former titular goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could thus rebound on the side of Naples, who thinks of him to compensate for the departure of David Ospina. Failed since his arrival for 40 million euros in the summer of 2020, attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech is trying to find a way out at AC Milan. Finally, striker Timo Werner, who has never managed to answer the skeptics, could also take over the management of Serie A as part of a loan or a permanent transfer. AC Milan and Juventus Turin are among his contenders.
In addition, the door is not closed for the wingers Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but it is above all an attacker who is on the start immediately: Armando Broja. Back from a successful loan at Southampton, the 20-year-old Albanian is on track to join West Ham for around 35 million euros bonus included.
A last big blow in attack?
As you will have understood, despite the arrival of Sterling, the Chelsea attack therefore risks being depopulated. This is why a major arrival in this sector cannot be ruled out by the end of the transfer window. We remember that Thiago Silva did not hesitate to send a foot call to his compatriot Neymar, pushed towards the exit by Paris Saint-Germain. Wanting to leave Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was also offered and Boehly was willing to offer him to Tuchel. But the German coach declined considering that the five-time Ballon d’Or did not have the right profile to evolve in his team.
Despite some failures like winger Raphinha, who preferred to join FC Barcelona despite an XXL agreement with Leeds (70-75 million euros), Matthijs de Ligt (who signed with Bayern) and Nathan Aké (stayed at Manchester City), we are still witnessing a hell of a Chelsea transfer window!