I hope none of you are expecting too much from deadline day. Yes, Chelsea do have something of a history of mega-deals as the window closes, and this blog has covered some pretty incredible last minute transfers in its time (cough Fernando Torres cough cough), but the Blues haven't procrastinated at all this summer and most of our targets are already in the fold. It would have been kind of interesting if Eden Hazard had waited until now to sign, of course, but I think we're all very grateful he got it over with early.
So, long story short -- I'm not expecting anything in the way of a blockbuster move. However, there are enough rumours in play that we could see the team shaken up substantially. Hit the jump to find the storylines to watch for on Friday.
- Daniel Sturridge. Apparently being chased by Liverpool and Tottenham. According to the papers, this could be a loan deal or a sale, neither of which would make much sense without several more corresponding moves made by Chelsea.
- Michael Essien. Several Premier League sides have apparently inquired about the Bison, wanting to take him on a loan deal. They've both been rebuffed, but look for more talk about this.
- Yossi Benayoun. Almost certainly going on loan. He's already confirmed he's in talks over a deal via his Twitter account.
- Florent Malouda. Left out of the Chelsea party that went to Monaco, the only fit player to not travel. His future with the club is almost certainly over.
- Andre Schurrle. The tabloids are insisting that Chelsea are going to make a last-minute push for the German, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering the other moves that would have to happen first. It's possible, but don't bet on it.
- Loic Remy. We're getting tenuously linked to Marseille's Loic Remy, who Spurs have been reportedly bidding on. He'd make some sense, but doesn't really fit into our new strategy of collecting all the young players.
Positionally, Chelsea probably need help at centre forward, although goodness knows whether or not they'll actually get it. Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge is not nearly enough depth to compete on all fronts. Midfield's also a bit of an issue as well -- the double pivot of Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel is serviceable but not elite, and to get back into the position we're used to (i.e. perennial favourites for the Premier League), we'll need an elite core.
So, all in all, expect a few small moves but no major shakeups. That said, there's always the option for Uncle Roman to surprise us...