Chelsea’s belated appointment of Maurizio Sarri meant that their summer transfer business took longer to get going, but the arrivals of Kepa, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic mean it is still a good transfer window.
Thibaut Courtois’ protracted departure has been finally completed, and while the spectre of the foreign transfer market will hang over the futures of both Eden Hazard and Willian, both men look reasonably settled ahead of the final day of the English window.
Before that window slams shut, there are still deals that could be done, so what can Chelsea fans still expect to see. We’ve put together a morning round-up…
The arrivals of Kepa and Kovacic from La Liga mean that more incomings are slightly less likely today, however there are two names who have been linked.
Football.London report that there is still an opportunity to sign Nabil Fekir, who of course has been linked with a move from Lyon to Liverpool all summer long – although it remains a long shot at this stage.
Meanwhile, the Star quote reporter Dharmesh Sheth as saying that links with Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino refuse to go away.
Despite the Blues already being well-stocked in central midfield – even moreso now Jorginho and Kovacic have signed – that might be one to keep an eye on.
Departures are more likely to be the focus at Stamford Bridge today, as Sarri sets about trimming his squad at the 11th hour.
The Independent report that Leicester City are considering bringing Danny Drinkwater back to the King Power Stadium, and Sarri’s desire to reshape his midfield in his style leaves the door open for that one to happen.
French outlet L’Equipe claim that Everton and Manchester United – who are both desperate for a central defender – are looking at Kurt Zouma, who finds himself down the pecking order.
The Sun say that Tiemoue Bakayoko is in talks with Italian giants AC Milan over a loan move. Like Drinkwater, he only joined last summer but endured a nightmare debut season at Stamford Bridge and Jorginho, Kovacic and the return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek look set to make his starting opportunities limited.