It has not been the transfer window that many Chelsea fans would have been dreaming of so far.
With just over a month to go until the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, the Blues, who will host Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, are yet to make their first summer signing, meaning head coach Thomas Tuchel is yet to get his first addition through the door since landing the job back in January.
But whilst the frustrations of some supporters are beginning to mount, it is important to remember that Chelsea are chasing deals for big-name, big-money signings.
Getting deals over the line for that calibre of player is never easy or straightforward, with the big-money additions often left until the dying stages of the window.
It is no secret to anybody that Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland is Tuchel’s top target this summer, whilst the club also continue to hold an interest in long-term target Declan Rice.
However, whilst deals to bring those two to Stamford Bridge were never likely to be solved quickly or easily, with the duo having a combined value of more than £250million, the Blues have been linked with other names to strengthen other positions in the window so far.
The player to have been most heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, apart from Haaland or Rice, was Morocco international Achraf Hakimi. The right wing-back was pinpointed as a suitable option to strengthen the club’s wing-back options after an impressive 2020/21 campaign at Inter Milan.
But although Chelsea reportedly tabled a big-money offer for the former Dortmund loanee, French giants Paris Saint-Germain won the race for his signature, signing him in a deal that could eventually be worth €70m.
Considering the Blues are desperate to sign Haaland, spending that much on Hakimi was always going to be hard to juggle in a financial sense.
Hakimi, though, was not the only defender to have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, as former Real Madrid man Sergio Ramos was closely linked with a move to west London following his departure from the Bernabeu.
However, any hopes that the Blues had of landing him were soon extinguished by PSG, who also won the race for his signature as well.
PSG’s finances have allowed them to complete such an impressive double swoop, meaning Chelsea will have to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.
Nevertheless, Ramos and Hakimi certainly seem happy to have completed moves to the Parc des Princes, with footage released by the Ligue 1 giants revealing just how delighted they were to see each other and be reunited in Paris.
In footage released by the club, Ramos and Hakimi were seen shaking hands and giving each other a huge hug, before Ramos said: “We made a good decision, huh?”
With that said, it is clear that both players believe it was best within their interests to join the French giants and take the next step of their careers working under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.
Hakimi, despite Chelsea’s desperation to sign him, always had his heart set on joining the French outfit as he has family closely situated to Paris, meaning the move made geographical sense.
For Ramos, though, it was never fully understood if Chelsea ever expressed a firm interest in securing his signature, despite continuous links.
Nevertheless, the duo appear to be happy in their new surroundings and Chelsea will have to take their search elsewhere to strengthen their right wing-back and central-defensive options.
Source by Football London