Unlike last summer, the January transfer window proved to be something of a non-event for Chelsea, certainly as far as new signings were concerned.
After splashing out north of £220million on seven new additions last summer, the Blues, who will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under head coach Thomas Tuchel when they travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Spurs on Thursday evening, were never going to open the cheque book once again this season.
Despite being linked with the likes of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for almost 12 months, and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland throughout the window, Chelsea’s club photographer didn’t have any new arrivals to take pictures of at an official unveiling.
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The only form of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge during the window were outgoings, with a total of eight players leaving the club. Lucas Piazon and Charlie Brown left on permanent deals, joining Braga and MK Dons, respectively, whilst six players, including Fikayo Tomori, left on loan.
For a while it did look as though young midfielder Billy Gilmour would leave on deadline day on a short-term loan deal, but the Blues, in the end, decided against it, with Tuchel keen to get a good look at the Scotland international over the coming weeks and months.
With the January window now behind us, Chelsea’s focus will switch to the summer, with it appearing as though there is a very strong chance that the club could look to invest heavily in the first-team squad, just as they did last summer.
Whilst the likes of David Alaba, Ousmane Dembele, Upamecano and Haaland are all being linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, Tuchel could turn to players, should he wish to,…