Olise signs, Ziyech and Lukaku marketed – Chelsea’s ideal last two weeks of the transfer window

Olise signs, Ziyech and Lukaku marketed – Chelsea’s ideal last two weeks of the transfer window

Chelsea Football Club entered the summer transfer window with a number of transfer priorities. Some who had lingered for a considerable amount of time prior to June 14 finally arrived, allowing for the conclusion of transactions.

The manner in which the 2022/23 season unfolded made it abundantly obvious that the squad had too many players and would require a reduction for the next head coach, ultimately Mauricio Pochettino, to make it more manageable. Prior to that, Chelsea had aspirations of acquiring a goalkeeper, a central midfielder, and a forward.

Chelsea Football Club entered the summer transfer window with a number of transfer priorities. Some who had lingered for a considerable amount of time prior to June 14 finally arrived, allowing for the conclusion of transactions.

The manner in which the 2022/23 season unfolded made it abundantly obvious that the squad had too many players and would require a reduction for the next head coach, ultimately Mauricio Pochettino, to make it more manageable. Prior to that, Chelsea had aspirations of acquiring a goalkeeper, a central midfielder, and a forward.

How have they fared, then?

During the early phases of the transfer window, Chelsea were extremely active and released a number of their star players. In addition to the players whose contracts were not renewed, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Christian Pulisic were all sold prior to meeting with the new Chelsea manager.

In addition, the long-anticipated arrival of Christopher Nkunku and the signing of Nicolas Jackson were swiftly completed. Two athletes who have the potential to score goals for the Blues in the future.

Pochettino had to wait until this week before the club was able to sign a midfielder with the intention of impacting the first team. Lesley Ugochukwu was recruited during the west London club’s preseason tour with the intention of being loaned out.

While Enzo Fernandez arrived in January, the revolving door in the middle of the field and the area’s need for revitalization meant that it would be the focus of the most attention during the transfer window. 

Chelsea are planning to spend a total of £173 million on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, indicating that they have fulfilled their midfielder needs with two weeks remaining in the transfer window. As a result, they are unlikely to acquire a midfielder on loan on the final day of the window.

Having sold Edouard Mendy previously in the transfer window, the Blues also acquired a goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez, who may not be deemed worthy of the No. 1 position for the upcoming years, but is a solid backup. Obviously, since the arrival of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, there has been a continued investment in juvenile options, in line with their consistent investment philosophy.

Nevertheless, despite a relatively successful window, albeit with a few hiccups along the road, Chelsea are still in a position where they need to fulfill some of these early priorities. Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid on loan on Monday, which could lead to the addition of another goalkeeper if neither Lucas Bergstrom nor Jamie Cumming are regarded adequate replacements for the injured Marcus Bettinelli.

The possibility of the Blues signing another forward has never been ruled out entirely. The injury sustained by Christopher Nkunku has likely increased the visibility of the need. Michael Olise, who is not a No. 9, could fill some of the deeper duties that Nkunku would assume, and the Blues have already triggered his £35 million release clause.

With aspirations of having a squad of around 22 players, with young players able to supplement training and the squad throughout the season, Chelsea will need to see some players leave on loan or permanent deals. Perhaps most notable is the group of athletes who are still training with a reserve squad. It is imperative that Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Malang Sarr find new residences.

The Blues got off to an excellent start in the transfer window, but then stumbled. Despite having been a part of over 20 moves, there is still a great deal of work to be done in order to secure an ideal window.

During the early phases of the transfer window, Chelsea were extremely active and released a number of their star players. In addition to the players whose contracts were not renewed, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Christian Pulisic were all sold prior to meeting with the new Chelsea manager.

In addition, the long-anticipated arrival of Christopher Nkunku and the signing of Nicolas Jackson were swiftly completed. Two athletes who have the potential to score goals for the Blues in the future.

Pochettino had to wait until this week before the club was able to sign a midfielder with the intention of impacting the first team. Lesley Ugochukwu was recruited during the west London club’s preseason tour with the intention of being loaned out.

While Enzo Fernandez arrived in January, the revolving door in the middle of the field and the area’s need for revitalization meant that it would be the focus of the most attention during the transfer window.

Chelsea are planning to spend a total of £173 million on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, indicating that they have fulfilled their midfielder needs with two weeks remaining in the transfer window. As a result, they are unlikely to acquire a midfielder on loan on the final day of the window.

Having sold Edouard Mendy previously in the transfer window, the Blues also acquired a goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez, who may not be deemed worthy of the No. 1 position for the upcoming years, but is a solid backup. Obviously, since the arrival of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, there has been a continued investment in juvenile options, in line with their consistent investment philosophy.

Nevertheless, despite a relatively successful window, albeit with a few hiccups along the road, Chelsea are still in a position where they need to fulfill some of these early priorities. Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid on loan on Monday, which could lead to the addition of another goalkeeper if neither Lucas Bergstrom nor Jamie Cumming are regarded adequate replacements for the injured Marcus Bettinelli.

The possibility of the Blues signing another forward has never been ruled out entirely. The injury sustained by Christopher Nkunku has likely increased the visibility of the need. Michael Olise, who is not a No. 9, could fill some of the deeper duties that Nkunku would assume, and the Blues have already triggered his £35 million release clause.

With aspirations of having a squad of around 22 players, with young players able to supplement training and the squad throughout the season, Chelsea will need to see some players leave on loan or permanent deals. Perhaps most notable is the group of athletes who are still training with a reserve squad. It is imperative that Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Malang Sarr find new residences.

The Blues got off to an excellent start in the transfer window, but then stumbled. Despite having been a part of over 20 moves, there is still a great deal of work to be done in order to secure an ideal window.

Olise signs, Ziyech and Lukaku marketed – Chelsea’s ideal last two weeks of the transfer window