Chelsea FC were very active in the just concluded summer transfer window and almost got all the targets they were linked with except for Sevilla Jules Kounde.
Regardless, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be satisfied with the acquisitions that have been made thus far as we enter into the business stage of the Premier League season after the international break.
The Blues broke their transfer record this summer and it was yet on another striker as they secured the return of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in a bid to solve their profligacy in front of goal which haunted them for most of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
The arrival of the £97.5million Belgian should see the Blues’ challenges in putting the ball in the back of the net sorted out. However, it would depend on if he can break the supposed curse of the Number 9 which has haunted several strikers at Stamford Bridge.
Any side that wants to compete for the Premier League title must have a prolific goalscorer and this has been a fact for decades.
The Blues also added Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez to their midfield ranks on transfer deadline day. Therefore, the Thomas Tuchel-led side will not be short of quality bodies in midfield and this is a big plus.
Chelsea surprisingly came out tops in the UEFA Champions League last season and it was expected that the squad would be enhanced with major additions instead of an outright overhaul which many folks thought was needed when the going got tough under former manager Frank Lampard.
The Blues also needed additions in central defense especially after the departure of Kurt Zouma for West Ham. Therefore, it’s a pity that a final agreement couldn’t be reached for Kounde although Chelsea could return for him at a later date.
Regardless, Thomas Tuchel has a squad good enough on paper to challenge for the Premier League this season and this would be the expectation from the Chelsea hierarchy.
The German boss now has his work cut out for him, plus it’s a positive that his Chelsea side have started the season brilliantly with 2 wins and 1 draw and we wait to see if they’ll be able to maintain the momentum after the international break.
All in all, the Blues acquired three players this summer, namely:
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan, £97.5m)
Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid, £3.4m loan fee)
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham, free)
They also oversaw the departures of:
Baba Rahman (Reading, loan)
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Milan, loan)
Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, loan)
Danny Drinkwater (Reading, loan)
Ethan Ampadou (Venezia, loan)
Thierno Ballo (Rapid Vienna, loan)
Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan, £24m)
Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow, £4.3m)
Izzy Brown (Preston, free)
Luke McCormick (AFC Wimbledon, free)
Olivier Giroud (AC Milan, undisclosed)
Marc Gueho (Crystal Palace, £18m)
Lewis Bate (Leeds, £1.5m)
Emerson (Lyon, loan)
Matt Miazga (Alaves, loan)
Dujon Sterling (Blackpool, loan)
Henry Lawrence (AFC Wimbledon, loan)
Myles Peart-Harris (Brentford, £15m)
Dynel Simeu (Southampton, £1.5m)
Valentino Livramento (Southampton, £5m)
Tammy Abraham (Roma, £34m)
Davide Zappacosta (Atalanta, £8m)
Kurt Zouma (West Ham, £29.8)