Chelsea have not fully utilized their right to sign players after overturning the transfer ban on the club.
Its been 30 days since the January market opened and we are on the last day of the transfers: Deadline Day.
So what has Chelsea has been up to. Let us do a quick recap.
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Given Kepa’s horrible form in front of goal which saw him rank 127 out of 132 custodians in Europe, Chelsea were rumored to be in the market for Burnley’s Nick Pope. However, we do not know whether Burnley refused or Chelsea did not chase, but the transfer rumor died down pretty quick. Kepa it is for us for the rest of the season at least.
The month began with strong links to both Nathan Ake of Bournemouth and Ben Chilwell of Leicester City. While Chelsea scouts reportedly pushed back the transfer of Ake citing that he was still not good enough for Chelsea, Leicester were less than amicable in their talks with anyone for Chilwell. Chelsea reportedly dropped back and are waiting to prepare a summer assault for the full back. There were also talks of Issa Diop in the middle but the value for Diop was deemed too high by the Blues hierarchy.
While central midfielders are plenty in number for the Blues, Chelsea did look at options to get in Jadon Sancho or Hakim Ziyech. It is believed Chelsea have set back their wishes to sign Ziyech in the summer and have backed off the Sancho deal after baulking at his asking price.
The forward’s hunt is one which Chelsea has struggled in all month primarily. The story began with a rejected bid for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele. The Blues moved on to other options like Werner and Zaha but nothing concrete went through. The latest news are confirming that Chelsea have more or less lost in their chase for Edinson Cavani with PSG set to keep him until summer after which he wants to join Atletico Madrid for free.
Chelsea’s other option was Milan’s Piatek who has already made a move to Hertha last night. The last player linked with a move was Dries Mertens. The Blues are still believed to be working on a deal for him. Keep your eye out for this one as this might be the only steady move we can see Chelsea pull through on the final transfer day.