Chelsea have had a fruitful time at the transfer window as they have managed to sign some of the top names in Europe
Chelsea was one of the most active clubs in the transfer window. The Blues were on an incredible spree of signing some of the most promising players of European football. The club has altogether decided on a revamp to build a strong team ahead of their new season as they hope to clinch some silverware given all the signings they have made so far.
Last season, Frank Lampard was not able to sign players due to the transfer ban and had to make the most of his resources which were available at his disposal. The Englishman had to rely on the young members of the club and handed regular starts to the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Fikayo Tomori from the academy.
The London club bagged their first signing of the season when Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech agreed on terms to join the club in the 2019/20 season itself. The Moroccan international made a 40 million pound switch to Stamford Bridge this summer, however, the player is yet to show his true quality as he has been sidelined due to an injury picked up during the preseason.
Timo Werner was the second signing for the Blues. The German international has had staggering figures during his stint at RB Leipzig. The striker notched up 28 goals in 34 appearances in the Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season and was one of Europe’s most wanted strikers.
Chelsea went head to head with rivals Liverpool to secure the signature of the German forward. The Blues had the last laugh as Werner signed for Lampard’s side as Leipzig settled for a fee of 45 million pounds for their prized asset. The club’s next big acquisition was Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. Chelsea has had to wait over two months to finalize a deal for the 21-year-old midfielder.
Havertz became the second most expensive signing for the Blues after Kepa Arrizabalaga. The London Club paid a fee of around 100 million pounds for one of the brightest prospects of German football. Frank Lampard’s side did not cut corners in terms of bringing defensive reinforcements as the club bolstered their center-back and left-back positions with signings like Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
The former AC Milan defender left PSG as a free agent and decided to ply his trade at Stamford Bridge. On the other side, Chilwell was persuaded by Lampard to join Chelsea. The English international shifted base from Leicester to Chelsea on an agreed fee of 50 million pounds. The Blues then went on to sign Malang Sarr from OGC Nice was bought on a free transfer and have now loaned him out.
Edouard Mendy from Rennes FC was the club’s last signing of the busy summer transfer market. The 28-year-old was bought for a fee of 22 million pounds. Mendy has been brought in to replace Kepa Arizabalaga who has been below par for quite some time.
Chelsea has definitely made a statement with their signings. The club received financial backing from Roman Abramovich and has splashed over 200 million pounds on their arrivals. Frank Lampard did a commendable job in his first term at the club with limited resources. The Englishman will altogether face a different challenge in the second year of his tenure.
On paper, Chelsea boasts some of the big names of European football and can give the top teams a run for their money. The Blues will have to emulate their top reputation with their on-field performance. Frank Lampard will be hoping that the majority of their flaws are ironed out with the arrival of the new signings.
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