Insight into Chelsea’s summer business as Blues look to address squad imbalance
Chelsea’s bloated squad
Insight into Chelsea’s plans for the rest of the summer transfer window has today been forthcoming.
Thomas Tuchel has previously lamented the number of players currently at the club, noting after the friendly win over Arsenal that “we have 42 players in the building”, a number that has since increased with the addition of Romelu Lukaku.
Asked Tuchel about Ross Barkley’s absence this evening: “It was non-selection. We have 42 players in the building.” Adds that he wanted to give Bakayoko some minutes and Loftus-Cheek another chance to play. #CFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 4, 2021
As 101 observed earlier in the window, Chelsea are one of several teams (including Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham) currently unable to shift their unwanted players due to a lack of money in the European market, with revenue streams having been decimated as a consequence of the pandemic.
The result of this is that business has been slow in shipping players out of the door, but Chelsea are finally seeming to make some headway in this regard.
Three out, more to follow?
The Blues have managed to confirm three loan exits in the past 24 hours. Michy Batshuayi has joined Turkish outfit Besiktas, Brazilian winger Kenedy has joined Flamengo (where he will link up with Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira).
Chelsea’s Kenedy has joined Flamengo on loan
The Brazilian side have a €10m purchase option 💰 pic.twitter.com/dEiXH250f3
— Goal (@goal) August 18, 2021
Finally, it seems as though Emerson is set to join Lyon for the upcoming season.
Done deal, confirmed @lequipe. Emerson Palmieri will join OL on loan from Chelsea – his contract will be extended until June 2023. 🔵 #OL #CFC
Chelsea are also in talks with AC Milan for Bakayoko, Fiorentina/Atalanta for Zappacosta and OM [trying to hijack Genk deal] for Ugbo. https://t.co/Ro6VUyWtD9
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 18, 2021
In addition to these, Fabrizio Romano shed some light on the the current deals, reporting that Tiemoue Bakayoko is in talks with AC Milan and that Fiorentina and Atalanta are set to battle it out for Davide Zappacosta. It is not clear whether these deals would be loans or permanent options.
For Chelsea fans, they will be hoping that movement can be seen on the likes of Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Charly Musonda, all of whom were out on loan last campaign.
On the incomings front, they remain interested in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, while a central midfielder seems necessary but no movement has been reported.
As good as Jules Koundé is (and he is very good), I’m not sure Chelsea need to be spending upwards of €70 million on him when Trevoh Chalobah is doing so well in his position.
Koundé doesn’t improve their squad as much as a central midfielder like Aurélien Tchouaméni does. https://t.co/GZddnxCgOz
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) August 18, 2021
With two weeks left of the window, plenty could still change at Stamford Bridge.