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Chelsea’s Transfer Window Review – Antonio Conte Will Back Himself With His New Recruits

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

Antonio Conte came as a breath of fresh air for the Chelsea fans and a necessity for the lethargic and disillusioned players. As he cracked his whip of enthusiasm and tactics, the players fell into place. After a horrendous last season, the players would have been lucky to have been spared unlike Jose and they will look to make amends along with the new arrivals this summer.



Michy Batshuayi – Marseille, £33.2m

N’Golo Kante – Leicester, £32m

Eduardo – Dinamo Zagreb, undisclosed

Marcos Alonso – Fiorentina, £23m

David Luiz – PSG, £30m

OUTS (Warning – Chelsea’s loan list is long)

Mohamed Salah – Roma, £12m  

Stipe Perica – Udinese, £3.2m

Marko Marin – Olympiakos, undisclosed

Charly Musonda – Real Betis, loan

Nathan – Vitesse Arnhem, loan

Lewis Baker – Vitesse Arnhem, loan

Mitchell Beeney – Crawley, loan

Nathan Ake – Bournemouth, loan

Jeremie Boga – Granada, loan

Tomas Kalas – Fulham, loan

Alex Kiwomya – Crewe Alexandra, loan

Reece Mitchell – Chesterfield, free

John Swift – Reading, free

Marco Amelia – released

Tika Musonda – released

Kevin Wright – released

Baba Rahman – Schalke,loan

Alex Davey – Crawley, loan

Michael Hector – Eintracht Frankfurt, loan

Jamal Blackman – Wycombe, loan

Izzy Brown – Rotherham, loan

Mario Pasalic – AC Milan, loan

Patrick Bamford – Burnley, loan

Loic Remy – Crystal Palace, loan

Kenedy – Watford, loan

Cristian Cuevas – Sint-Truidense, loan

Christian Atsu – Newcastle, loan

Lucas Piazon – Fulham, loan

Juan Cuadrado – Juventus, loan

Jake Clarke-Salter – Bristol Rovers, loan

Charlie Colkett – Bristol Rovers, loan

SOURCE: Sky Sports

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: N'Golo Kante of France during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on June 15, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Chelsea had a talented team and it was exactly the same team which had won the league so confidently a season back but they failed to click as a unit for consecutive years. Coming to the transfer window, Michy Batshuayi was signed early on and added to the physical presence up front along with Costa. Marcos Alonso was brought in to provide a conventional left-back and an option to move Azpilicueta to right-back and Ivanovic to provide defensive cover. While David Luiz was bought to bolster their wafer-thin defence. But their most important signing already looks like midfield General N’’Golo Kante. His commitment and unrelenting energy and drive will surely serve the Blues well.


It is a known fact Chelsea were thwarted in several of their attempts to sign their desired candidates. The lack of Champions League football might have played a part but they would now hope that David Luiz will be able to improve his defensive game and that the £23m paid for Alonso will be somewhat justified come the end of the season. Luiz’s signing seems like a panic buy as Chelsea were rejected by a raft of clubs in their quest to sign a proven Centre-back. Conte targeted players from the Italian league, but he simply failed to get he wanted and it’s all too evident that they went after a player who was deemed to rash to play as a centre-back.

But luckily for Chelsea and Conte they possess players like Kante and Hazard and they are the best in their respective positions.

T40 VERDICT- 6.5/10

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