Chelsea’s ability to pull it off was not widely believed. Not at least not in January. Reorganizing the team? That requires work that may wait until the summer when the transfer window is open for 2.5 months rather than just 31.
However, during their brief time at Stamford Bridge, co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have shown they are not opposed to a challenge. As a result, an unprecedented winter window spending frenzy was carried out, with a final expenditure of over £300 million.
Early agreements were reached for Gabriel Slonina and David Datro Fofana, and Brazilian prospect Andrey Santos was also signed. Then, Benoit Badiashile from Monaco arrived to strengthen a weak defense. Joao Felix came from Atletico Madrid on loan. Mykhailo Mudryk was persuaded to sign and subsequently rejected interest from Arsenal.
Next from PSV Eindhoven was Noni Madueke, but the greatest trade of the window and in Chelsea’s history was saved for last. Late on the day of the transfer deadline, Chelsea and Benfica agreed on a £106.7 million deal for Enzo Fernandez. The 22-year-paperwork old was finished quickly, and she is now due to land in England today.
Such transfer market excess wasn’t offset by player sales either. Jorginho was the lone significant departure from Graham Potter’s starting lineup. The Italian, whose contract at Stamford Bridge had just five months left, signed with Arsenal in a move worth up to £12 million.
Hakim Ziyech has agreed to a loan deal with French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain and was anticipated to depart. However, because Chelsea submitted the documentation incorrectly, the transaction was unsuccessful. If the French club’s appeals to the LFP are rejected, the Moroccan international will have to return to Cobham this week.
In the coming weeks, Potter’s goal is to maintain the happiness of each team member. Although healthy competition exists, only some players are delighted to watch from the sidelines, and even fewer are content to do so week in and week out.
This is why selling certain players will be a top priority for Chelsea during the summer transfer window. It won’t be easy to do that because purchasers won’t want to do the Blues any favors, but the refresh can only proceed quickly with departures.
According to a source, a goalkeeper is a position Chelsea would like to improve. Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga have shared the top place this term, but neither has excelled. David Raya of Brentford, whose contract will end in the summer with just 12 months still on it, is interested.
Levi Colwill, who was in excellent form with Brighton before suffering an injury last month, is anticipated to be integrated into the first team, which may make Chelsea willing to let Kalidou Koulibaly leave. Koulibaly has had a difficult time adjusting to the English game since moving from Napoli. Malo Gusto, added in January, will also move in after his loan with Lyon expires.
Despite Fernandez’s arrival, the midfield will remain a significant concern. While Declan Rice, despite Arsenal’s best efforts to entice him to the Emirates Stadium, is still a top target for Chelsea, Moises Caicedo is anticipated to be back on the club’s radar. Additionally, the Blues will attempt to sign Mason Mount to a new, long-term deal.
Christopher Nkunku, a Frenchman who will play a crucial role in the Chelsea assault, will be acquired through a deal already with RB Leipzig. Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had difficulty getting regular playing time under Potter, he is expected to be permitted to leave.