Transfer deadline day is upon us once more. So to quote Die Hard’s John McClane: Welcome to the party, pal.
Chelsea have a history of spending big in the winter window. Ten years ago, Fernando Torres arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £50 million deal that stunned the Premier League.
And two years ago the Blues agreed a deal for Christian Pulisic, even though he arrived from Borussia Dortmund six months later.
Yet on the transfer front at least, it’s been rather unspectacular at Stamford Bridge this month.
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Fikayo Tomori departed on loan for AC Milan, who have a £30m option to buy, while perennial loanee Lucas Piazon left the Blues permanently to sign with Braga.
Forgotten man Danny Drinkwater joined Kasımpasa on loan; Baba Rahman will spend the next six months with PAOK; and youngster Charlie Brown will see out the campaign at MK Dons.
There have been no new signings this month, not a hint of one in fact. But will that change on deadline day? Here’s the state of play at Chelsea on the final day of the window.
In a word: unlikely.
Chelsea did their transfer business in the summer window, spending more than £200 million to bring in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy. Thiago Silva also joined on a free transfer.
That splurge has left the Blues with a bloated squad, one that contains 23 senior internationals. Managing such a large group is no easy challenge as Frank Lampard discovered prior to his sacking.
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has altered the dynamics of the first team with virtually every player now in contention for a role in his side. It’s why reinforcements aren’t needed. Although the German didn’t completely close the door to a new signing at his first press conference on Thursday.
“We have 22 players plus…