Alonso, Gilmour, Giroud – What to expect from Chelsea on transfer deadline day

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.

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