The summer transfer window has officially closed but rumours surrounding Chelsea continue.
It turned out to be a fantastic summer for Blues head coach Frank Lampard as he was heavily backed by owner Roman Abramovich with significant funds to improve the first-team squad.
The club spent over £200m on seven major additions and also managed to keep hold of N’Golo Kante as well as Callum Hudson-Odoi – two players linked with moves away.
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Edouard Mendy completed the new additions at Stamford Bridge which also includes Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz.
Whilst the west London outfit can’t make any signings for now, transfer season will resume at the beginning of next year to send fans into a frenzy.
Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.
Chelsea’s £74m deficit
Chelsea’s transfer spend has seen pressure ramped up on Lampard to deliver this season, although the defensive issues of last year remain in place, with the Blues shipping nine goals in five games in the Premier League to sit with just eight points so far.
The £200million splurge has seen the value of Chelsea’s squad sky-rocket from an estimated £513million in September last year to £696million now.
The figures come from the CIES Football Observatory, who analyse the transfer fee expenditure to assemble the squads of all of Europe’s top five league teams.
Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic celebrate a Chelsea goal
(Image: (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images))
Chelsea’s spend means their squad is now the fifth costliest in the top five leagues in Europe, moving them up three places from last year, having overtaken Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus.
However, the Blues remain behind two of their Premier League rivals for the most expensive squads assembled.