The Transfer Misses That Could Affect Chelsea’s Season

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Chelsea bought six new players during this summer’s transfer window, setting them back a whopping £185 million. However, questions remain about the quality of the signings and whether they will adapt to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte is far from satisfied with Chelsea’s transfer window conduct. He knew which players were needed and was determined to go for it. At every term, the board and rivals frustrated him.

While Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willy Caballero and Alvaro Morata signed midway through the transfer window, the Blues waited until deadline day to add Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta.

Conte knew he needed to reinforce the team. The Italian manager continuously emphasized that Chelsea must bring in top quality reinforcements to retain their Premier League crown, as well as pose a challenge in the Champions League.

At the end of the window, it appears Chelsea only succeeded in signing the players available rather than the ones that Conte wanted. The club continuously missed out on their first-choice targets. Some were snapped up by rivals, while others rejected moving to the Stamford Bridge. It was ‘make do and mend’ for the defending champions as Chelsea looked to other available options.

Manchester United dealt the first blow on their rival, stealing Romelu Lukaku from under their noses. The Belgian had long expected to return to his former club, but United moved swiftly and with no reaction from Stamford Bridge. In the end, Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Danilo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opted to join Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, while Fernando Llorenete opted for Tottenham. Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move across London despite Chelsea offering a higher wage.

The transfer of Everton’s Ross Barkley became a farce. He denied taking a medical but decided to stay at Goodison Park. It is reported that he did not even speak with Conte; the Italian was sidelined from negotiations by the club’s directors. Worse news followed with reports that Barkley is waiting for Spurs to bid in January.

Adding to their woes, selling Nemanja Matic to a title rival Man United has backfired with the Serb in fine form. It was a move criticised in many quarters for weakening the midfield.

And we should not forget the Diego Costa saga. The Spanish forward, included in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, is desperate to return to Atletico Madrid. Whether he will play Chelsea again remains to be seen.

Moving to the league champions should be enough reason for players to sign for Chelsea, but the reverse is proving to be the case. While they managed to sign some quality players, it is left to be seen if they can deliver at the rate expected by Conte.

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