Just how sensible have Chelsea been this silly season?

As we enter the final month of the 2021 summer transfer window, Chelsea are finally beginning to make some moves with the pursuit to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge looking increasingly more likely by the day. However, as silly season comes into full effect, just how sensible is Chelsea’s recent transfer activity?

As is the case with most high profile signings in contemporary football, the numbers involved are staggering. The widely reported €120m (give or take a few free unwanted players thrown in for good measure) would be a British transfer record, topping the recent £100m acquisition of Manchester City, Jack Grealish, by a mere £1-2m. Yet, at a point in time in which elite goal-scoring 9’s are at a premium, the signing of Lukaku, who put up 30 goals in 44 games as he spearheaded Inter Milan’s first title win in 11 years, was always going to be an expensive one.

With such a high transfer fee comes undeniable risk, at the age of 28, Chelsea is signing a striker in his prime with the returns on the investment being solely reliant on him being a blistering success in front of goal. Despite Chelsea being no strangers to expensive acquisitions, previous recent high profile signings of players like Werner and Havertz were made with the reassurances that whilst an immediate impact was expected, they were also signing players who would develop and contribute to the club over a long period of time with an asset value that could well increase. With Lukaku, there is no such safety net of retained value, Chelsea will need the Belgian to put up strong numbers for the majority of his contract to justify the expenditure. Additionally, the pressure will be on Chelsea’s young core to ensure their development continues at an exponential rate in order to maximise the peak of Lukaku’s powers.

A lot has been made of the lack of resell value, with comparisons being made to the acquisition of Didier Drogba, aged 26 for £24m, however, in truth, the most comparable signing of this profile is that of Fernando Torres in 2011. The Spaniard, despite rumours of injuries already taking hold, was signed for a record-breaking fee at the age of 27 with the hopes that he could push Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the next level. Despite a few unforgettable moments, El Nino’s time at the club was largely underwhelming, with the club struggling to move the player on when it became apparent to all parties that the desired outcome was likely never going to be achieved. This not only cost the club a lot of money but also restricted opportunities to implement alternative solutions, including a newly acquired Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht. Such an experience will have undoubtedly played a part in the club’s cautiousness to pursue a transfer of this profile up until now, an entire decade later.

In isolation, Lukaku the player is rightly a reason to be excited. A versatile, determined and effective leader of the attack, Lukaku will likely provide the clinical instinct and mentality that an all too frequent toothless Chelsea attack has lacked. However, what in a single moment in time is a very exciting prospect perhaps masks a much more worrying underlying narrative of how the club have got to this point. It’s hard to find a player who represents the ugly side of Chelsea’s mismanagement of assets more than Lukaku himself. Signed as a promising talent in the Summer 2011 window, Lukaku’s time at the Blues was largely spent on loan as he struggled to secure a spot ahead of the aforementioned Torres, in addition to the likes of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Loic Remy before departing the club permanently in 2014 to Everton. 

The club were interested in bringing the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge in 2017 however the board, largely unconvinced by the reported transfer and agent fees, ultimately lost out to Manchester United and instead focused their attention to Alvaro Morata (although the less said about that, the better). In fact, it appears to have taken Lukaku finally playing under Antonio Conte, the exact manager they didn’t provide Lukaku to in 2017, to convince the club to part with even more money than they would have had to pay 4 years earlier. 

Whilst admittedly, it’s easy to call out these mistakes with the power of hindsight, there’s still plenty of signs to suggest that the club are arguably making the same mistakes this summer, partly to fund this deal. Before the excitement surrounding the opening of Roman’s wallet, the feeling around the club was one of frustration as a large number of highly promising Chelsea youngsters departed for a host of reasons, primarily centred around a lack of belief in first-team opportunities. Despite the inclusion of various clauses that may one day see those players return to the club, there should be no greater example for persevering with suspected elite talent as you never know, it might just save you £100m one day.

The sale of such assets has largely been inevitable when combined with the fact that the club is unable to shift a large number of ageing players with depreciating value, both on the pitch and financially. This pre-season specifically acting as a worrying representation of the ghosts of transfer windows past as the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta took to the field as the club struggle to find suitors. The positive for fans is that such transfers weren’t repeated last summer and show no sign of taking place this summer either (despite a brief flirt with Adama Traore), yet the presence of so many players, combined with a look at the talent that has departed, should act as a startling reminder of the damage that can be done if the club doesn’t correctly manage their assets. Ultimately, continued selling of your 19 to 23-year-old Lukaku’s will ultimately prevent you from signing your 28-year-old Lukaku’s eventually.

It’s not all doom and gloom, of course. Chelsea, as European champions, are on the brink of adding one of the best strikers in world football to their squad. A board that has been frequently guilty of failing to strengthen from a position of power, appear to have learned from previous lessons and wish to take the club to the next level. In Tuchel, we have a manager that deserves to be backed and whilst it’s undoubtedly a risk, if the club insists on releasing Tammy Abraham this summer then it’s hard to argue that the club hasn’t gone all-in on the best option available. It just so happens that Lukaku might not only be Chelsea’s most expensive signing, but also their most expensive lesson.

31st July 2021 , Chelsea Transfer News Roundup

Jules Kounde

Chelsea are working to find a solution with Sevilla as soon as possible to sign Jules Koundé. He’s the priority after personal terms agreed, and Chelsea want him to join.

Kurt Zouma still discussed in the deal, but Chelsea want go through also if Zouma won’t be included.

Kounde is Chelsea’s number one target now this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Kounde already has everything agreed on a five year contract with wages of £65k a week. (ElDesmarque)

Jules Koundé is getting nervous about his move to Chelsea as they struggle to get a deal done with Sevilla for the defender. (SportWitness)

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Bakayoko has been offered back to Napoli on loan, completely free of charge. (DailyMail)

Bakayoko would like to return to Milan.

AC Milan would like to acquire Bakyoko on loan with an option to buy. (Tuttosport)Tammy Abraham

Chelsea have told Abraham that he is available for transfer. The Blues will now accept offers of £30m for the striker. (ExWHUemployee)

Chelsea have lowered their asking price by £10m to try and entice teams into buying Tammy Abraham this summer.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma has made it ‘very clear’ that he wants to join West Ham this summer, with the Hammers set to offer closer to Chelsea’s valuation. (ExWHUemployee)

The French defender has made it clear that he does not wish to be a part of the deal to bring Jules Kounde from Sevilla to Chelsea, and will instead be joining West Ham United instead.

The French international does not wish to depart the Premier League, which has since given West Ham the impetus to make a move for him. (TheHardTackle)

Lucas Gourna-Douath

Chelsea have asked for information about Saint-Ettiene midfielder Lucas Gourna-Douath.

Dortmund and Leverkusen have also enquired for the youngster and it will take a lot of trying to lure the midfielder to West London. (TeamTalk)

Chelsea January Transfer Window – Who could leave?

With the winter window being newly opened, its likely we see some activity from Chelsea Football Club to progress their plans for the squad. However, it seems the focus for the window may be offloading players from the large squad Chelsea now have rather than adding further depth and talent.

Ahead of the Manchester City game, Frank Lampard was asked about the club’s plans for the window ahead and he had this to say:

“I have ideas. We have a big squad, we’ll have to see if that changes, if there are opportunities for players who aren’t playing so much. That will be a conversation between the player, club and myself.”

He continued by adding;

“Then we’ll see if we can strengthen in the right way, but we’re not jumping up and down to do so. My focus this year is purely on work because we have new players, because we have young players, so I’m focusing on that. But we’ll see, it’s a long month.”

Chelsea’s plans for the January window

As Lampard mentioned in his answer during the press conference, it seems the focus is going to be finding moves for players who are lacking game time, whether that be a loan move or a permanent one. Therefore, we’ll go through and discuss the different players we might see find a permanent move elsewhere, and who might be looking for a loan move based on reports, while discussing each player’s circumstances in the process.

Permanent Moves

Antonio Rüdiger

Rudiger is a player who could likely be on his way out this window with hopes of securing a spot to be selected for the Euros this upcoming summer. After being signed by Antonio Conte the summer after Chelsea’s most recent title winning campaign, Rudiger has struggled ever since to remain in the starting lineup under Lampard. Being a prominent player for his international side of Germany, it seems the only alternative is to move elsewhere. Reports came out back in October sparked by Joachim Low himself stating that Rudiger:

“Tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him. I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.”

Joachim Low on Rudiger’s situation at Chelsea

With window newly opened, we’ll see which clubs offer for Rudiger in his search for regular game time.

Jorginho

Jorginho was originally signed when Chelsea brought in Maurizio Sarri to takeover from Antonio Conte. It was understood that he was an integral part of the Sarri-ball system and was utilized as deepest midfielder in a 4-3-3 in the famous Regista role. However, it’s likely we see him move on from Chelsea since the sacking of Sarri and his lack of game time under Frank Lampard.

His agent, Joao Santos came out back in November stating that Jorginho could follow Maurizio Sarri wherever his new project may be. This, combined with his original transfer fee of £50M could mean we see him moving on from the club to make space in the already crowded midfield Chelsea have, and recoup some funds for future moves.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso Profile, News & Stats | Premier League
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After his poor performances so far in the league this season Alonso has not seen any game time since the 3-3 draw against West Brom. With Ben Chilwell fully fit and the clear first choice, as well as Emerson now seemingly second in the pecking order, Alonso looks to be another player whose time is up at the club.

Originally coming in again under Antonio Conte before our title winning campaign, Alonso proved to be a pivotal player operating in the left wing-back role in the 3-4-3. However, since transitioning to a 4 ATB system, he’s struggled ever since in being able to get up and down the field effectively as well as be defensively reliable.

Reports from The Independent and Sports Illustrated have both discussed a move for the Spanish international back to his home country. Atletico Madrid currently seem the most interested side for Alonso’s services, so it’s possible we see him on his way out this window.

Emerson Palmieri

The alternate left back has also been linked recently with a move away from Stamford Bridge. Signed originally by Conte as well for depth, Emerson was once again is a player who never really broke into the first team.

Reports from Sports Illustrated have stated that two teams have potential interest for the left back, both coming from Italy. First of the two being a reunion with Antonio Conte at Inter Milan who are looking to challenge for the Scudetto this year. The second team being Napoli who are also seemingly interested in the player.

However, as a result of the interest in Marcos Alonso and Emerson’s status as second choice under Lampard, it’s possible Chelsea hold onto him for longer than this window where they can find a proper replacement.

Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater is another player on this list who never truly got involved in the first team and has recently featured with the U23s. During his spell at Chelsea he’s had a few discplinary issues, including being involved in an altercation during a game with the U23 squad. Drinkwater’s time at Chelsea has been tumultuous to say the least. He was originally signed for a fee of £35M pounds for depth and was rarely deployed, which left many fans scratching their heads.

Reports last year stated the hammers were potentially interested in the player, however it’s uncertain whether this is still the case. Regardless, it’s likely he is on his way out wherever that may be as most fans would probably be pleased to see the back of him.

Others Notable Players

Additional players worth mentioning who could also see their way out include the following:

  • Michy Batshuayi who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace but has been scarce of playing time even there. Although it’s uncertain when he may move on, it seems his time at Chelsea is likely over as well.
  • Davide Zappacosta currently on loan at Genoa C.F.C. Signed originally under Conte for additional depth at right wing-back, failed to truly get involved in the first team and likely to move elsewhere permanently
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko, brought in to fill the void left by Nemanja Matić in 2018 Bakayoko was quickly dismissed by all managers who succeed Antonio Conte who he was signed under. After a couple loan moves at A.C. Milan and this year at Napoli, it seems Bakayoko has recouped enough market value through regular game time for a permanent move.

Loan Moves

Moving onto loan moves, we’ll be discuss players we could see go on loan who are also looking to get more regular game time. This may result for a variety of reasons, namely for certain players to further develop and fight for a place in the first team the following season, as well as others looking to bring up their market value with options to buy for inevitable permanent deals in the future. That being said, we’ll discuss which players could fit into these categories and use reports to further the context of each player and their given circumstances.

Tino Anjorin

Originally, it seemed Tino was set for first team opportunities as he was moved up and training with the squad regularly. Liam Twomey reported for The Athletic at the beginning of the season that Tino was set to stay at the club for this year.

However, with only 3 appearances this season and limited game time, it’s possible this stance is reevaluated this window in a similar fashion that Twomey’s tweet states: “he gets a loan offer that’s too good to refuse.”

Anjorin is an extremely talented player, and ideally if a club in Europe’s top 5 leagues comes with an offer that entails regular game time for the 19-year-old to further develop, it might be one of consideration for the Frank and the club.

Billy Gilmour

After a knee operation which forced Gilmour out of the first team for the rest of project restart, Gilmour has become fully fit again and appeared a couple times already for the club as a sub for a total of 36 minutes. However, last season many saw the remarkably talented player and have ever since been excited for his return to the squad.

Although the club’s plans were likely similar to that of Tino, if not more willing to utilize Gilmour throughout the season, news has come out in the past month of many clubs interested in taking the Scottish midfielder on loan. Reports from a few sources have cited the Glasgow Rangers as a likely destination, and it’s no secret he’s a player of many talents and in demand.

Lampard spoke to BT Sport in reference to his plans for Gilmour stating:

“I’m not sure. The way he trains and plays I can see him with us. I have to make sure the pathway is right.”

Lampard on Gilmour this season

Therefore, we’ll have to keep an eye out for any further developments in regard to Gilmour for the rest of this season and what “pathway” the manager feels is right for him.

Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori is another player to keep an eye out on with recent development influencing his status and future. Although last season for a time he had been a regular part of the first team and playing often in the league, this season has been a different story with Tomori only having played 45 minutes in the league. In the summer window leading up to the season, the new signing of Thiago Silva, as well as incumbents of Rudiger, Christensen, and Zouma, questions were being asked of Tomori’s position in the ranks. As a result discussions of whether a loan move to another club might suit him for this season came about.

No move was made, and since then it seems he’s become the 5th choice under Lampard with Rudiger and Christensen receiving more time as rotational players and with Zouma and Silva the starters. As a result, rumors have circulated again linking Tomori to clubs such as Newcastle, Leeds, and Rennes for a loan move this window.

Although some sort of move seemed quite likely, reports are now coming out altering this status. With the injury to Christensen against Aston Villa, Chelsea are seemingly blocking any loan offer for the player. Whether Christensen’s injury is severe enough to see Tomori remain with the club is yet to be seen, regardless it’s another player to watch out for in the case that Christensen comes back sooner than expected and Tomori is allowed to leave.

Kepa arrizabalaga

Kepa is our last player in discussion, with his story and circumstances being quite more complex than the others. Being signed as the most expensive goal keeper for a fee of £71m, and on wages of £150,000 per week, his return for the club has been poor to say the least. With Edouard Mendy the clear starter, it’s clear the club are not looking to keep Kepa as the 2nd choice keeper for such an investment, and it’s unlikely he’s content with this role himself.

Reports have come out that Kepa is looking to return to his home country of Spain and is willing to take massive wage cuts in order to do so. Although his form has recently been so poor, that Chelsea would be unlikely to recoup anywhere near the fee they’ve paid for him, hence why is possible he is sent out on a loan move.

The hope is Kepa can move to a club for a season or even two, with his wages subsidized and more minutes to regain his confidence and market value. Ideally, some sort of option to buy clause would be included in the deal, in which case he can then be shipped off permanently, hence the complexity of the deal.

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The Simon Phillips Show #2

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Simon Phillips Show #1 – Transfer News & QnA

In our first episode of the Simon Phillips show, Simon discusses the latest news regarding the Football Club, including the most recent transfer news, such as Coutinho, Milik and Boga.

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Gladbach put three past Frankfurt in entertaining matchup.

Along with the other talented writers @TheChelseaSpot, I’ve been given a Bundesliga game to cover and monitor certain players that could suit this current Chelsea system under Frank Lampard. The game I chose was the Frankfurt vs Borussia Munchengladbach match which ended with Marco Rose’s Gladbach taking a 1-3 away win which allowed them to overtake Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig and move into third place of the German first division.

When watching the game, there were some clear standout outfield performances, but before I discuss those players, I’d like to give a small mention to both goalkeepers, Yann Sommer and Kevin Trapp, neither of which kept a clean-sheet, but displayed clear ability that could tempt Frank Lampard into making a move in order to compete with Kepa and ensure he improves his game to fulfil his potential. Both keepers showed a strong awareness of the pitch in front of them which allowed them to sweep up any passes that went in-behind the defence. Although it sounds simple, it’s a skill many keepers struggle with getting the grasp of, which can be costly as being a “sweeper keeper” is vital in the modern game.

Frenchman Alassane Plea opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the encounter after a quick give and go with Hoffman before sliding the ball past Kevin Trapp at the far post. The 27 year old showcased very impressive linkup play and movement as he floated across the pitch in what could be seen as a “free role”. Plea was inches from grabbing a second goal as well, after his long range curler from the left side of the pitch hit the crossbar. If that effort had found the back of the net, it would’ve been the clear favourite for “goal of the day” on the return of the Bundesliga. Plea was also very eager to aggressively regain possession for Marco Rose’s side, shown by his three tackles made throughout the game, a stat that’s very impressive when considering Plea isn’t regarded as a defensive player.

Another Frenchman, this time Marcus Thuram doubled the lead for “The Foals” by finishing an easy tap in created by Algerian left back Ramy Bensebaini, who showcased superb trickery throughout the game to beat his defenders and create chances for his teammates. Bensebaini then grabbed a goal, this time from the penalty spot to ensure there was no way back for Frankfurt. Admittedly, I haven’t watched enough of Bensebaini to judge, however, his performance yesterday epitomised the modern full-back, a position that Chelsea clearly are looking to strengthen in the Summer (with the likes of Emerson and Marcos Alonso rumoured as outgoings). At the age of 25, Ramy Bensebaini could be a real coup for Chelsea if deals for the likes of Alex Telles and Ben Chilwell fall through.

It was a very frustrating day for Adi Hutter’s Frankfurt, but the one standout performer for me was Martin Hinteregger (the defender who famously blasted the ball straight at Kepa from the penalty spot in last season’s Europa League semi-final shootout). The old-school, no nonsense centre back occupied the left side of the back four yesterday, showcasing his fearlessness by winning all four of his ground duels and 1 of his three aerial duels. However, don’t be deceived by his old-school defensive style, as the Austrian showcased time and time again that he possesses the qualities to hold his own in a modern day, possession based system. Hinteregger completed 74 passes (the most of any player on the pitch yesterday) at an 85% success rate. To add to this very impressive performance from Hinteregger, the 27 year old also made an off the line clearance to deny Hoffman and Frankfurt from scoring a fourth goal. Although he was on the losing side, Hinteregger was superb yesterday, and will continue to be one of the more underrated centre-backs in the German division. If there was a possibility of Hinteregger making a move to the Premier League, I have no doubts that he’d adapt fairly quickly due to his physical presence and very impressive ball playing ability.

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Evaluating the Likelihood of Each Transfer Rumour

We’re approaching the transfer window, and as always, many transfer rumours are being made up every single day. In this article, I try and give a rating out of 10 on the CHANCE that the transfer will happen, in my opinion. This is a mix of what we know from the reliable journalists, what I think and have heard.

I should also mention that these possibilities are there are is the COVID-19 situation never occurred. This huge pandemic will certainly have affected many club’s asking prices and transfer budgets, but I’m not sure to how much extent especially for Chelsea, so I’m going to imagine as if everything is the same as before.

Goalkeeper

First of all, I think there’ll be a 6/10 chance we get a goalkeeper this Summer. Personally, I don’t think Lampard is a huge fan of Kepa and his goalkeeping abilities, and would prefer to have a replacement, but the board are not willing to let the club record’s signing leave after spending so much on the Spaniard. I suspect that we will bring in a goalkeeper who can challenge Kepa throughout the season, and almost not have a guaranteed number 1.

Onana Matt Law of the Telegraph reported yesterday that Ajax had put a 35 million pounds asking price on the Keeper, and that Chelsea were definitely interested in bringing him in. He certainly is a quality keeper and the price isn’t too high either. 6/10

Pope – A couple journalists have mentioned that Lampard likes the look of the English goalkeeper and would like to bring him to the club. However, we are not sure what the board feels and whether he would be willing to rotate. 5/10.

Centre-Back

If I’m being completely honest, I don’t think we will be bringing in a Centre-Half this Summer. In January, I was very confident that one of Christensen and Rudiger would be leaving for Nathan Ake, and was surprised not to see the deal done. But, Andreas’ latest form and Antonio’s leadership abilities have given a reason for them to stay at the club, with Zouma and Tomori likely to stay. 4/10

Ake – Like I said, I was shocked to see the transfer not happen in the January transfer window. Matt Law said on Alex Goldberg’s podcast that even he was shocked, but later understood that the club were really pushing the deal with a buyback clause of £40 million being present but instead it was Lampard himself who wasn’t so keen. If we were to sign a defender, I think it would be the Dutch player, but I still can’t see it happening. 4/10

Gabriel – A French journalist reported that Chelsea were close to finalizing the deal with the Lille defender, however it is since understood that he is much closer to joining Everton, as reported by Sam Wallace of the Telegraph. It is likely that his agent was offering his client to clubs, or that Lille wanted to increase the price. 3/10

Upamecano – The Leipzig defender is certainly an impressive and young centre-back who has impressed many of the big clubs worldwide. However, looking at the rumours of him joining Chelsea, there has been no real substance and not many reliable reports, as the chance of him joining Arsenal increases. 2/10

Full-Back

This one is a bit more simple. Chelsea and Lampard are almost guaranteed to get a Left-Back, with Alonso and Emerson not convincing Frank enough, meaning he has had to play Azpilicueta out of position on the left, whose days are also soon coming to an end. Although Maatsen has signed a contract, I highly doubt Lampard will be ready to risk having an 18 year old as a backup option. 9/10

Telles – Recent reports by Nicolo Schira have certainly suggested that Chelsea are in advanced talks with Telles’ agent and that the transfer certainly could happen. Chelsea have looked at Telles for years and now and have been impressed by the Brazilian fullback. He certainly is a much cheaper option to Chilwell too. 7/10

Chilwell – The English fullback certainly is a player who Lampard wants, with Alonso and Emerson heavily underperforming, and with Azpilicueta’s days soon coming to an end. However, Leicester have slapped a huge asking price of £70 million and this definitely could throw off the Chelsea board. 6/10

Midfielder

I wrote an article a couple days ago on our midfield dilemma, and how Lampard will have to deal with ten midfielders in the squad. The Midfield is certainly the area where we need to improve the least, with some outstanding midfield players likely to be left on the bench. Like the Centre-Backs, I cannot see a midfielder arriving unless a couple do leave the squad. 4/10

Rice – This is a transfer I have heard a bit more about personally. From what I know, this story generated from Sky Sports is a lot of nonsense, especially the part linking Mount to it. I should first say that Mason has no involvement in Rice coming to Chelsea, whatever you may think. I was also told a year ago by a close source that it is very unlikely Rice would ever come back to Chelsea, with the disappointment of being released still being there. Especially if Ampadu is going to stay, I cannot see this deal happening. 2/10

Soumare – This is a very interesting one. Matt Law and other journalists have reported that we are interested in the defensive midfielder, and what is even more convincing is Lampard’s quote during a press conference saying that the deal was not going to happen in January, but instead possibly in another window. 4/10

“I’m aware of him as a player, but he is not on our radar for this window.

Winger

A winger entering the club is very likely. Both Pedro and Willian’s contracts are running out this Summer, with Pedro’s likely to be terminated and Willian not being given a three year deal. This leaves us with Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic as our only wingers, with Ziyech and Mount as backup options. Again, like the Left-Back, it’s looking extremely possible. 9/10

Sancho – This player is probably the reason why you’ve clicked on this article in the first place. No, I don’t know anything on the Dortmund winger to Chelsea, other than what I summarised in my article written a couple weeks ago which you can find HERE. There is no doubt that Sancho is the club’s top priority, but the fact that it is such a complicated deal and with Manchester United also very interested, it may not look as likely as you may have thought. 4/10 (4/10 chance he joins Chelsea, 4/10 chance he joins United, 2/10 chance he stays at Dortmund – IMO)

Boga – The Ivorian winger has certainly impressed in the Serie A, leaving many Chelsea fans pondered as to why he was let go by the club. Luckily, Chelsea had implanted the buyback clause in his contract, and it has been reported that we have a good relationship with Sassuolo. If we do miss out on Sancho, Boga could be the perfect replacement and squad player, especially financially. 5/10

Coutinho – This is another player who has split the Chelsea fanbase, and it has also been hard to understand whether this is mainly agent talk or whether there is genuine interest from the Blues. The Chelsea Spot understand that there are talks going on with Phillipe’s agent, however it is unknown to what extent. I suspect that this deal probably won’t happen with Ziyech arriving in the Summer and them being too similar. 3/10

Striker

A striker is probably our third priority, after a fullback and a winger. Tammy Abraham will most likely sign a contract in the Summer, leaving behind Giroud and Batshauyi. Giroud’s contract extension is being discussed at the moment, despite him agreeing terms with Inter Milan in January. Batshuayi has been forced out of the squad recently, shown even more with Armando Broja being on the bench against Everton instead of Michy. A striker is looking likely but not necessarily required. 8/10

Dembele – There was reportedly a lot of interest with the French striker in January, with us supposedly putting in some bids for Dembele. I would not be surprised if we did sign him, as we have looked at Moussa for a couple of years and tracked his progress from Fulham to Celtic to Lyon. He certainly would provide great support to Abraham, but the question is whether he would be happy to be on the bench and rotating more often that not. 6/10



Werner – Timo Werner is another player who Chelsea are looking at, with there being interest. However, it is looking more likely that the quick and agile player will be joining Liverpool instead, with Chelsea not really getting into proper talks with the RB Leipzig forward as of yet. 3/10

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