It’s transfer deadline day! But will it be a good one for Chelsea?
Although there’s only a matter of hours left in this summer’s window, we can expect the Blues to be fairly active throughout the day, with incomings possible, and outgoings likely.
Chelsea fans have been treated to a club record signing already after Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million return to Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, the club have also completed the signing of third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer.
In terms of outgoings, several loan deals have been completed, including the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Billy Gilmour, Danny Drinkwater and Conor Gallagher, whilst a number of others – notably Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Kurt Zouma – have moved on from the club in permanent transfers.
Marina Granovskaia’s work behind closed doors clearly hasn’t affected the Blues on the field of play as Thomas Tuchel’s side have followed up victory in the UEFA Super Cup with seven points out of a possible nine to start the new Premier League season as they look to build a title challenge.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best and worst case deadline days Chelsea could well have.
Tuchel has a fantastic squad at his disposal, but if he could add one or two of his additional transfer targets before 11pm today, the Blues could end up having arguably the strongest squad in the Premier League.
Following the £29million sale of Zouma to West Ham, Chelsea have opened up a space on their roster for a new centre-back.
The obvious candidate to fill that position is Jules Kounde from Sevilla, a player the Blues have been trying to sign since very early on in the window.
Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea have now pulled out of a potential deal after Sevilla raised their initial asking price for the defender despite the two clubs verbally agreeing on a fee.
Nevertheless, we shouldn’t rule this out just yet as stranger things have happened on deadline day.
Meanwhile, the Blues could also complete the loan signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid. The midfielder has five years left on his current deal, but Diego Simeone has admitted that “a lot of things can happen” before the end of the transfer window.
football.london reported earlier in the window that unless an opportunity that is too good to refuse presented itself to the Blues, a move for a midfielder seemed unlikely.
Chelsea already have a wealth of midfield talent at their disposal, so the best possible deal for the Blues would be a loan with an option to buy providing the Spaniard performs well when called upon.
In terms of outgoings, football.london understand that Leicester City have made an enquiry over the possibility of a permanent deal for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Englishman has been an unused substitute in the Blues’ opening three top-flight games of the season and has attracted strong interest in the final days of the transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund approached Chelsea over the weekend regarding a season-long loan move for Hudson-Odoi and the academy graduate is believed to be open to a temporary switch to the Bundesliga giants.
Blues fans would certainly prefer a loan deal to provide Hudson-Odoi with the chance of impressing elsewhere before returning to Stamford Bridge with even more experience under his belt.
Elsewhere, the club are willing to part ways with Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley and Lewis Baker if acceptable offers are received. None are in Tuchel’s plans, and a transfer away from the club will be good for all parties.
If Saul does sign, Ruben Loftus-Cheek could depart as a result.
As things stand, if Chelsea cannot get at least one of Kounde or Saul over the line, while Hudson-Odoi is left to sit on the bench for the majority of the upcoming season, the Blues may have missed a trick or two.
The club will also want to sell the players who clearly don’t have a long-term future in west London, but the likelihood of them all departing is fairly slim. Having said that, it would be deemed a minor failure if they all were to stay.
But arguably the worst case scenario would be if Timo Werner were to be sold.
The German has fallen behind Lukaku in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and after scoring just six goals in the Premier League last campaign, it looks as though he’s going to used more as a squad player this season.
However, he has still shown that he is capable of producing at the highest level for Chelsea, and selling him is an unwanted solution for both club and player.
Reports coming out of Germany in July did suggest that Werner is open to leaving the club this summer, but with so little time in the window left, it looks as though he’s set to stay, which is undoubtedly a good thing.
Source by Football London