As of 5pm London time today, the Premier League’s transfer window has slammed shut. That means that Premier League teams are not able to register any new players until January. But because transfer windows in other leagues are still open, some for another week but most until the end of the month, Premier League teams can still sell or loan out players to them.
It’s a bit of strange situation that makes it hard to completely assess the transfer window, but most of the transfer drama should now be over, so we can at least take stock of where Chelsea stand.
Chelsea made three major signings for the first-team, plus a third goalkeeper in Rob Green, who’s useful thanks largely to his homegrown status.
Jorginho (€50-57m from Napoli) arrived alongside the new boss, Maurizio Sarri, halfway through July, after Chelsea essentially wasted the first two months of the transfer window on petty Conte drama. Granted, there was also Abramovich’s visa issue and the stadium plans getting scrapped, both of which will have to be revisited eventually.
Chelsea have tended to leave plenty of action for the final 24-48 hours of recent transfer windows, and that was no different this year. The main difference is in the timing however, thanks to the early end, as both Kepa Arrizabalaga (€80m from Athletic Bilbao; world record for goalkeeper) and Mateo Kovačić (season-long loan from Real Madrid; free?) are available from the first game, though the latter is probably not quite match fit yet. Kovačić’s loan probably does not include a buy-option.
Thibaut Courtois (£35m to Real Madrid) is off the books and out of our hair, which should make all involved fairly happy. I’m not particularly interested in rehashing this saga, but he went against his own word to force the deal to happen now, which certainly contributed to the extremely sour reaction. Rarely is the Chelsea fanbase as unified as on this issue thanks to Courtois’ shenanigans. As far as the transfer fee, at least for FFP accounting, it’s not the worst.
On Kepa Arrizabalaga + Thibaut Courtois deals:— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) August 9, 2018
Kepa costs Chelsea ~£19.5m in amortisation, wages + fees in each of the next seven years.
CFC records £35m fee received for Courtois as profit.
For accounting purposes, Kepa is “free” this season + heavily subsidised next season.
Courtois was the only major departure. Youngsters like Jeremie Boga (£3.5m to Sassuolo, with a buy-back) and Jonathan Panzo (£2.7m to AS Monaco; no official buy-back) also generated transfer fees, while others left for free. Notable names out included loan army veterans Wallace (currently without a team) and Jordan Houghton (free to MK Dons), as well as the player who had been on Chelsea’s books the longest Matej Delač (free to AC Horsens).
GAME OF LOANS
Chelsea’s Loan Army is once again set to be in the 30s, with 24 moves currently confirmed and several more expected to close before the end of the month.
Some of the more interesting ones include Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori at Frank Lampard’s Derby County, Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman at Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, and Kenedy at Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle. Vitesse so far only have two loanees, Jake Clarke-Salter and veteran goalkeeper Eduardo.
MOVES STILL TO COME
Chelsea have several non-homegrown players to move out either on loan or permanently, including two of Batshuayi, Bakayoko, Zouma, or Giroud. All but the latter have been linked with reasonable moves. Players such as Lucas Piazon, Tomáš Kalas, Michael Hector, Charly Musonda, Kenneth Omeruo also still need new homes for the season.
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