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Chelsea’s spending hits record-breaking number for a summer window – Todd Boehly has spent big

Chelsea’s spending has hit a record-breaking figure for a summer transfer window on deadline day with new owner Todd Boehly spending big.

The announcement of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea has taken the figure to a record-breaking £273m of summer spending.

In contrast, Jose Mourinho’s famous first transfer window in 2004 saw £150M spent on 11 new players and now eight signings this summer has clinched the record.

Will it pay off for Chelsea in the short and long term? We will have to see. But until the end of the transfer window, that figure may still rise.

Big money spent – will it work?

A world record spending spree has been afforded by the new American owner Todd Boehly and he has certainly replaced the void left by former owner Roman Abramovich – who I’m sure has had a few raised eyebrows watching Chelsea do their business this summer.

The big-name arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly are great additions, as well as Marc Cucurella, who has settled into life as a Chelsea player brilliantly so far.

There’s also the signings of younger players such as England’s U19 captain Carney Chukwuemeka, goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, Omari Hutchinson, Zak Sturge, Eddie Beach, Shumaira Mheuka and Tyler Dibling.

However, it is claimed that the signings of Hutchinson, Sturge, Beach, Mheuka and Dibling don’t count towards the overall figure due to fees or compensation packages agreed.

Players have also left Chelsea in the shape of Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku (loan) Malang Sarr (loan) Callum Hudson-Odoi (loan) Ethan Ampadu (loan) Emerson, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Matt Miazga, Jake Clarke-Salter, Charly Musonda Jr, Callum and Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater – both who have had their contract terminated.

Seemingly, the club has raised around £47M from fees but have also taken away big wages off the books from underperforming players such as Lukaku and Werner.

The spending spree sees Chelsea beat Manchester City, Real Madrid and their own previous record of £221.4M in 2020. Real Madrid (2019) were top with £272M with Manchester City’s spending spree in 2017 totalling £223.8M. Both have been beaten by Boehly’s spending.

There may be more to come in the form of Edson Alvarez, but this is certainly a statement by the new owner that he wants to keep Chelsea at the top and back to winning trophies on a regular basis.

Chelsea discuss possible move for £31M rated ‘baller’ – has excellent goal record for country

Chelsea have been in ‘discussions’ with Barcelona over a potential move for one of their £31M-rated forwards.

The Blues have been in contact with Barcelona over moves between the two sides for the whole of summer. Both clubs battled hard for Raphinia and Jules Kounde whilst Chelsea have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and potentially Memphis Depay.

As it stands, Aubameyang to Chelsea is done, with Marcos Alonso heading the other way, however, rumours have spread surrounding a move for Depay.

With less than 10 hours until the deadline, could Chelsea confirm a double swoop for Barca’s frontmen?

Latest reports on Depay and Aubameyang

According to Gerard Romero, Depay informed Barcelona yesterday about his desire to leave the club. Barcelona and Chelsea have been speaking over the terms of a possible operation.

The two clubs have been in contact with personal terms loosely agreed. Depay’s contract runs out next summer and it makes sense for Barca to sell him now to make back some money, which is clearly important given their current financial situation. The club is

With Robert Lewandowski’s arrival at Barca, Depay has fallen down the pecking order below Aubameyang as well. He hasn’t featured in a single minute this season and the club did claim they would look to offload him earlier this summer.

However, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that there are no ‘advanced talks’ as it stands because the focus was on Aubameyang, but that deal is now complete.

The move for Depay could be a free signing, as Barcelona will terminate the contract of Memphis Depay but only if he manages to agree on a deal with another club – according to Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea could easily sign both players to help improve their faltering attack and both would be low combined fees. Although wages could be high given Depay currently earns somewhere in the region of £172k-a-week.

Would he fit in at Chelsea?

Despite what can be described as a rocky period for the club in the last few years, especially financially, Depay has had some success at the club in July 2021.

His insistence to leave is due to a lack of game time and the fact he will be a key player for the Netherlands at the World Cup in the winter. Last season saw 13 goals and two assists in 2,494 minutes of action across all competitions; that’s a goal contribution every 166 minutes.

At Chelsea, he could slot perfectly into a fluid front three or front two – with Thomas Tuchel’s 4-2-2-2 a perfect set-up to exploit Depay’s talents. His attacking stats are impressive – he ranks between the 93rd-99th percentile for progressive passes, shot-creating actions, progressive passes received, progressive carries and passes completed (compared to other forwards)

His link-up, technical ability and overall skill will add a completely different style to Chelsea’s attack and give Tuchel variety to play a number of different line-ups and styles – something that we know he is very fond of.

Chelsea agree deal for ‘Russian wonderkid’ – FA will not block move

Chelsea have agreed terms for Russian wonderkid Arsen Zakharyan despite the FA looking to block any potential moves today.

Chelsea had hoped to bring in the young Russian star from Dynamo Moscow but the deal is seemingly off for this season, with the player likely to be signed and loaned back to Dinamo Moscow.

Having signed Wesley Fofana yesterday, fans expected Chelsea to be busy on the final day of the summer transfer window as they hope to bolster their squad after a tricky start to the season.

Next up is West Ham at home, and whilst they may be joined by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Edson Alvarez, they won’t be joined by Zakharyan.

Latest reports on Zakharyan 

In terms of Zakharyan, the 19-year-old has been on Chelsea’s radar for some time but his potential move from Moscow to Chelsea is now on following reports that the FA would block any move.

Chelsea had been in negotiations and the deal had stalled, with the FA blocking the move. However, according to Championat, Dinamo and Chelsea have agreed on terms for the transfer of Arsen Zakharyan. The 19-year-old will remain on loan with Dinamo until they are able to receive the funds from Chelsea which is currently being blocked by the FA.

He will remain on loan at Dynamo until the money is transferred – most likely before the winter. The January window could be a chance for him to join the squad, but, if not, then the summer window in 2023 will be the right time.

With nine goals and nine assists last season, the talented attacking midfielder could be a very good signing in the future and its likely the Blues will revisit this in either January or or next summer.

The club is close to securing a swap deal between Aubameyang and Marcos Alonso, who wants the move to Barcelona having had personal terms agreed upon for weeks.

News has claimed that a full agreement now sealed between Aubameyang, his camp and Chelsea on the contract which is a two-year deal plus one year option.

Other news claims that the club are in line to sign Ajax’s Edson Alvarez who has reportedly missed training this morning to force a move.

What is even better news for Chelsea fans is that free agent Florian Grillitsch is on his way to Ajax to complete a move and is seen as a replacement for the now, seemingly, departing Alvarez.

Ajax linked with a defensive midfielder amidst Chelsea’s £43M interest

Ajax have been linked with a move for a defensive midfielder which has sparked excitement for Chelsea fans as it could confirm their £43M signing.

The Blues are hoping to sign a midfielder before the window closes today and they have already had a £43M bid rejected last night for Edson Alvarez.

For the sake of the current midfield, a defensive midfielder is seen as the most important position to secure given their recent performances plus current injuries.

It seems that they may get their man after all, as Ajax have been strongly linked with a move for free agent Florian Grillitsch.

Latest reports on Alvarez and Ajax

Today’s reports claim that the Ajax midfielder has refused to train with the club in order to push for a move to Chelsea. It’s claimed that he doesn’t know if he’ll get another opportunity to move to England and it’s clear he wants the move.

In Ajax’s mind, they don’t want to lose another key player after already selling Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico and Antony already this summer.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Ajax have made a move for Grillitsch, who is currently a free agent and like-for-like replacement for the club.

This could mean that the club has accepted the Alvarez deal to Chelsea to sign the 27-year-old Austrian who can play centre back, defensive midfield or even as a central midfielder.

Chelsea’s midfield solution?

Chelsea fans want to see a move to a back four to help them solve their creative issues and to also get the best out of their midfield and attack. However, without N’golo Kante in the team, Jorginho isn’t able to secure Chelsea’s defence as fans would like.

Alvarez is an experienced campaigner as a lone defensive midfielder and has played there in a free-flowing Ajax team that has played some wonderful in recent years, with the Mexican at the root of their midfield.

His defensive stats should get fans excited ranking in the 94th and 98th percentiles for clearances and aerials won. As well as the 98th for pass completion; a combination of being tough in the tackle and also good on the ball will no doubt help Chelsea.

It will also allow players like Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and even Carney Chukwuemeka to play in their desired positions which will give Chelsea balance, control and that added quality and threat from midfield due to a more settled and appropriate formation.

Chelsea’s £44m target a ‘no-show’ at training this morning – player wants move

Chelsea’s £44m midfield target has reportedly not shown up for training this morning in the hope of forcing a move to England.

The transfer window is drawing to a close but the Blues are in full swing as they target an attacker and midfielder.

It seems Ajax’ Edson Alvarez is the target for Chelsea and the Mexican is reportedly not at training this morning as he hopes to push a move to England.

Alvarez would be a defensive midfield signing and would help Chelsea cope with their current issues in midfield with N’golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured.

Latest reports on Alvarez 

As mentioned, the 24-year-old is said to have not turned up to training with Ajax today. Dutch journalist Mike Verweij has reported his absence following Chelsea’s £44million bid yesterday.

He is thought to want to join the London club before the deadline closes and is pushing Ajax to let him go. The Dutch club are still yet to respond to Chelsea’s offer.

According to Ben Jacobs, Alvarez will be the priority with the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal already closed off. He is thought to be impressed by Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s new era which has seen them sign Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly as well as seeing fringe and high-wage players taken off the books.

With two years left on his deal and with the club desperate to keep the defensive midfielder, £44m seems a fair price considering he isn’t one of Ajax’s ‘stars’. He is never going to warrant Antony levels of money but Ajax would be losing a key player should it go through.

Chelsea’s midfield solution?

Fans are worried about Chelsea’s midfield with Loftus-Cheek and Kante currently sidelined. Jorginho seems to be in mixed form, whilst Mateo Kovacic is still returning to full fitness but has featured in the last few games as a substitute.

Then there’s Conor Gallagher, who many believe could thrive in a three-man midfield, as opposed to the double pivot we’ve been seeing. Alvarez brings value to this Chelsea side by being able to play as a lone defensive midfielder in a midfield three.

His tackling, aggression and physical stature should allow Tuchel to field a midfield three and a back four to a more successful effect. Considering Alvarez can also play as a centre-back too, there’s no doubting what he can bring to the team.

Throw in 50+ caps for his country, years of Champions League experience all despite being only 24, then it seems Chelsea can’t afford to miss out on one of Ajax’s best players.

Chelsea have €100M bid rejected for ‘exciting winger’ who is lighting up Europe – release clause is €150M

Chelsea have made a late move to sign one of Europe’s most exciting wingers and have had a €100M bid rejected.

The Blues have been one of the most active in the market in Europe this summer and they don’t seem to be slowing down on the final day of the transfer window.

Despite signing Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Carney Chukwuemeka, they are still rumoured to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today and have had a €100m bid rejected for AC Milan’s Rafael Leao.

With question marks over Chelsea’s attack, Thomas Tuchel will hope Leao could replicate his form for Milan which helped them to the Serie A title last season.

Latest reports on Leao

The latest reports claim the club has turned down a €100m bid for the 23-year-old who is contracted to the club until 2024.

Currently valued at £63m, journalist Manu Sainz claims that the player has a €150m release clause in his contract – with Chelsea not expected to pay that today.

Furthermore, the club turned their attention to the Portuguese international after any deal for Neymar was seen as impossible. Chelsea want to sign a midfielder and striker before the window closes.

It’s unlikely the club will want to sell given they’re looking to retain their Scudetto after last year’s triumph as well as looking to put in a far better showing in the Champions League. Leao is a key player and the club may not be able to find a suitable replacement in time if they let him go today.

Would he fit in at Chelsea?

He currently plays on the left-hand side of Milan’s attack and has played down the centre before but has made his name as a tricky, exciting winger who is a direct threat almost every game.

Last season was his best to date with 14 goals and 12 assists in all competitions which helped Milan win their first title for over 10 years.

His stats paint a picture of a direct, progressive threat who is always looking to receive the ball in advanced areas. For example, he ranks between the 88th-95th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area per 90, assists, shots total, dribbles completed and progressive carries.

Watching him blossom into one of the most exciting wingers has been really interesting to see over the last two seasons and his ability to go either way continues to cause big problems for whatever right-back he comes up against.

Chelsea close to agreeing swap deal for £13.5M forward – with £10.8M full-back heading the other way

Chelsea are now on the verge of completing a swap deal between their £13M main striking target and their £10M full-back.

The Blues have chased Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the last month with Thomas Tuchel keen to reunite with his former player.

Going the other way seemingly is Marcos Alonso, who hasn’t featured at all this season as he’s looked to push for the move to Barcelona.

With months of speculation and talks, the saga may finally be over with Todd Boerly conducting his first swap deal in what is likely to not be the final deal done today for the Blues.

Latest reports on Aubameyang

Deadline day often results in deals finally getting over the line and in Chelsea’s case, they’ve been chasing Aubameyang for well over two years now.

According to David Ornstein, Chelsea are working to finalise the terms of a proposed two-year contract for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the option of further 12 months based on the player’s percentage of performances in the second year.

It seems the current bid is €7.5M plus Marcos Alonso – and the deal is on the verge of being completed in the coming hours.

Aubameyang, 33, had been the victim of a robbery in which the intruders had allegedly injured his jaw, which threatened to put this deal at risk. However, it seems the club were not put off by the potential issue and have pressed on with their interest.

Alonso featured in pre-season but has been targeting a move to Spain all summer – which was confirmed by Chelsea’s move for Brighton’s Marc Cucurella who is now the first-choice left-sided defender ahead of Ben Chilwell.

The Spaniard has been at the club since 2016 and has played a key part in many a trophy success in that period.

He enjoyed winning the Premier League, Europa League, Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time in London.

He also established himself as one of the best-left wing-backs in the world, scoring 29 goals and laying on 23 assists during 212 games for the club.

With many a ‘clutch’ moment to look back on, the move seems to satisfy all parties and Chelsea finally secure a proper number nine.

Chelsea made approach for £103m ‘generational talent’ this summer – player available next summer

England's Jude Bellingham warming up before the UEFA Nations League match at Wembley, London.

Chelsea have had a busy summer transfer window, even by their standards, and reports are claiming that the club did try to sign a £103m valued player labelled as a ‘generational talent’ earlier this summer.

The Blues have seen high-profile additions such as Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella with many more rumoured.

With the window drawing to a close, we can look back to earlier in the window when Chelsea were after Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

Reports claim they had made an approach earlier in the summer with Liverpool being the other English club involved in any sort of negotiations.

Chelsea in for Jude Bellingham

Whereas this summer Chelsea have signed no midfielders, they did welcome back Conor Gallagher from a successful loan spell as well as young starlet Carney Chukwuemeka.

But neither of the young stars have been earmarked as regular starters. The club also said goodbye to Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Saul Niguez as Chelsea balanced the books.

Bellingham, 19, is one of the most highly coveted young players in world football and has drawn interest from Real Madrid, alongside Chelsea and Liverpool.

He will play another season in Germany, but next summer there will certainly be a bidding war of sorts for the Dortmund player’s signature.

According to the Athletic, Liverpool were ready to meet their £103m valuation of the player but they were not willing to offload the player. It was the right call given they sold their star man Erling Haaland to Manchester City.

It remains to be seen what will happen with Bellingham, who is valued at £72m and has three years left on his deal.

Is Bellingham the right move?

Given the advanced ages of Jorginho and N’golo Kante, it is important for Chelsea to look to the future for their midfield. Especially given the long-term plan to move to a back four which requires certain types of midfielders – the likes of which aren’t currently at the club.

Not to mention the fact that Kante has entered the final year of his deal and PSG keeping a close eye on the developing situation.

We know Declan Rice is a target for the club, but with injuries becoming a regular occurrence for Kante and even Mateo Kovacic. There’s also Ruben Loftus-Cheek who’s had a resurgence in recent times, but that also only leaves Chukwuemeka and Gallagher as well as potentially Billy Gilmour as options.

Next summer could see one of Kante or Jorginho leave and, if that is the case, perhaps Bellingham becomes more of a priority.

£34m Chelsea star unhappy with club’s decision to not allow a loan move – club wont let him go

Chelsea have had to juggle a lot of different situations with their current squad this summer, with players coming in and out of the club on a regular basis.

The high-profile signings of Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Wesley Fofana have been great additions, but some players are still hoping of leaving to secure more game time.

Two players have done that as recently as yesterday, with Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi seeking regular minutes. Another player who wants that is Christian Pulisic.

The American star is reportedly unhappy with the club’s decision to not allow him to leave on loan – as he has fallen down the pecking order in the attacking department.

Latest reports on Pulisic

Pulisic is reportedly unhappy over not being able to leave the club, albeit only temporarily, to ensure he gets regular minutes ahead of his country’s return to the World Cup. He had also claimed this back in June.

With the United States Men’s National Team qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 2014, he is tasked with being the poster boy for a whole nation who aren’t typically big ‘soccer’ fans.

He already has 21 goals in 50 caps for his country at 23 and he will be hoping for more than the 13 times he started in the league last season. He did manage eight goals and five assists across 38 games in all competitions last year – an average of 168 minutes per goal contribution.

Although he needs to improve his injury record, having missed 16 games through injury/illness last year, which has always disrupted any runs of form that the American has put together during his time at Chelsea so far.

However, Pulisic not clapping the fans after the 2-1 loss away at Southampton last night isn’t a good look for the player.

Players have left – will he get more minutes?

There are plenty of fans who believe Pulisic still has a big role to play at the club and that could be realised this season given the departures of several attacking players.

Players who were blocking the path to regular minutes have left with Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi and potentially Hakim Ziyech also close to leaving, it shows that there will be more minutes regardless for Captain America.

It has to be said there may still be another attacker joining the club, in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, he plays down the centre and isn’t a direct competitor for him. However the arrival of Sterling – who plays in his position – will see him as the second/third choice.

Instead, he’ll be hoping Tuchel returns to a four-man defence which will help Chelsea’s forwards in terms of creating chances and their overall fluidity. Of course, those regular minutes are in service of being in top form for his country ahead of the World Cup this winter.

Chelsea to keep £100k-a-week flop – despite reports of a move away

Chelsea will now keep Hakim Ziyech rather than sell him back to Ajax before the transfer window slams shut thanks to recent reports.

Ziyech, the former Ajax star, was nailed on to replace the Manchester United-bound Antony, who will sign for the club in a mega-money deal.

Returning back to the club which gave him everything, where he would have received regular game time and a system more suited to him would have been a move that worked for all parties.

However, The Blues have since performed a U-turn which suggests that deals for Anthony Gordon and Wilfried Zaha are unlikely.

Latest reports on Ziyech

The latest reports on Ziyech claim that Ajax will now sign Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos – full agreement in place with Sevilla on €20m fee. He’ll be in Amsterdam to undergo medical tests today.

Fabrizio Romano claims Ziyech has never been close as the deal has stalled with Chelsea due to their reported price tag. Ocampos will be the new signing to replace Antony. However, Spurs have entered the fray in the last few hours – according to Relevo.

For Chelsea fans, the issue is that Christian Pulisic – who wants to leave on loan for regular minutes – was benched for Ziyech to start against Southampton last night, having been considered expendable all summer.

Signings have been made and good players have come in but the scattergun approach in the final weeks of the window has been frustrating and could backfire on the side and Thomas Tuchel this season. Especially since the deal was in advanced talks until just a few days ago. There are rumours of a move to Spurs from Relevo but it isn’t a reputable source.

What happens now?

With the club selling/parting ways with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Timo Werner, the club has been successful in removing players with high wages that haven’t performed for the club in recent years.

The club is in for at least one more attacking player, either Anthony Gordon, Wilfried Zaha or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one of Pulisic or Ziyech leaving would have made sense.

Ziyech’s time at Chelsea will be viewed as underwhelming despite helping the club to win the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup as well as having moments such as his stunning strike against Tottenham in the 2-0 win last season.

When he looks back on his Chelsea career he will be disappointed with a return of only 14 goals and 10 assists across 84 games at the club however, the trophy successes will certainly soften the blow. Despite that, it really doesn’t make much sense to keep him at the club, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in January or next summer.