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Transfer window report: Can Conte be contento?

Monday 4th September 2017
The simple answer to the question: no. Disappointing, distraught, dismayed. Failed attempts at signing multiple players have gone awry during this summer transfer window.

If the Blues were able to get their plan A players, we would be looking at a very different Chelsea squad. Chelsea would have Danilo and Alex Sandro instead of the last minute Zappacosta signing and a failed attempt at signing the Ox. Additionally, Conte would have had Lukaku instead of Morata. However, the Spaniard's gameplay and influence on the Chelsa squad has shown he could turn into the prolific striker he was off the bench last season, on a regular basis as Chelsea's main man.

Transfers in

  • Danny Drinkwater (Leicester)

  • Tieumene Bakayoko (Monaco)

  • Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

  • Alvaro Morata (Juventus)

  • Antonio Rudiger (Roma)

  • Willy Caballero (Man City)

Considering the players which they were linked with, in negotiations and agreed deals with, it's been very disappointing. Ross Barkley's last minute change of heart during his medical really said it all. But this summer started with the pursuit (and supposed agreement) of a deal to sign former striker Romelu Lukaku. Almost a month later it still wasn't over the line and United swooped in (aided by undercover Agent Pogba).

The big defensive targets were Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Sandro. Antonio Rudiger and Davide Zappacosta clearly the second choice options and paying a total of £56m for these two. Fernando Llorente was a last minute attempt in January which they tried to resurrect and ultimately failed again. Tottenham came in and within 24 hours, the Spaniard was a Spurs man.

The deal with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was another domestic fail, as the fee was agreed but the player rejected the club. For the Ox, it was a bold move as he was waiting on Liverpool, who he supported as a child. The final piece of shambolic business was Danny Drinkwater, a last minute £35m buy. Surely as a homegrown backup, Chabolah is better than the former Leicester man, as the Watford man is more mobile and versatile. Chelsea have not adequately strengthened their squad and recruitment needs to be reviewed.

Transfers out

  • Nemanja Matic (Man United)

  • Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)

  • Nathaniel Chabolah (Watford)

  • Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

  • Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)

  • Christian Atsu (Newcastle)

This only scratches the surface, with another 23 players leaving the club on loan during the transfer window. With players like Cuadrado and Atsu being sold, will any of the loanees will ever establish themselves at Stamford Bridge? As for the notable players sold, the one that sticks out as a howler is Nemanja Matic. He was arguably the metronome in Chelsea's side last season and provided the perfect foil for N'Golo Kante. His calmness on the ball has already been highlighted since joining United. Pogba has already reaped the benefits of the Serbian's presence alongside him.

To top it off, Conte told Costa by text that he was not a part of the Italian's plans. This made Chelsea all the more desperate to sign attackers. It's fair to say that with the additional European competition, they needed to build on the squad, not purchase replacements for "like-for-like" players. Matic should be kept while signing Bakayoko to add depth instead of the Frenchman being brought in as a replacement.


Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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