Chelsea were the Premier League’s big spenders in the close-season transfer market, adding a new goalkeeper, a new striker and a lot more.
The Blues also brought in more than £60million in sales, and sent a host of players out on loan both domestically and overseas.
Transfer business never truly stops, though, and the club will always be looking ahead to the next window and even the windows beyond that.
With that in mind, we’ve got the very latest on potential future ins and outs for Frank Lampard’s side, plus a little more information on one of the summer deals which didn’t get over the line.
Chelsea duo “should go” out on loan in January
Chelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour are expected to leave on loan in January as Lampard looks at loan options for his fringe players.
That’s according to an unnamed agent speaking to The Athletic as part of the publication’s survey of agents in an attempt to learn ‘what really happened’ in the European transfer window.
Tomori was linked with a loan switch to Everton and West Ham United following Chelsea’s signing of Thiago Silva over the summer, but a move failed to materialise.
Gilmour, meanwhile, is still working his way back from knee surgery after breaking into the Blues’ first team last season, but should be fit before the turn of the year.
“The Carabao Cup is out of the window for the next two months as the rounds have already been played. Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour should go in January,” the agent said.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both left on loan on European deadline day, joining Napoli and Fulham respectively, while Marco van Ginkel is one of the fringe players to complete a loan move elsewhere in the days since the main European deadline.
Blues battling Liverpool for teenage Grimsby stars
Chelsea are reportedly preparing to continue their youth recruitment drive with a push for Louis Boyd and Ben Grist of Grimsby Town.
The teenagers have both already made matchday squads for the League Two club, with Boyd becoming the Mariners’ youngest ever goalscorer when he found the net against Harrogate Town in this season’s EFL Trophy at the age of 15.
According to The Athletic, Grimsby are anticipating making a £700,000 loss this season due to the impact of coronavirus, and this could prompt the club to cash in on in-demand players.
The report states that both players are being “closely monitored” by Chelsea, while Liverpool are also looking at Grist and Boyd.
Chelsea have already brought in teenage talents from lower-league clubs during this window, most notably 17-year-old Burton Albion goalkeeper Teddy Sharman-Lowe, who has returned to the League One side on loan.
Marcos Alonso situation blamed for collapse of Emerson exit
Both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri were linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge during the European transfer window, but both players are still at the club.
The arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City had looked certain to lead to one of Chelsea’s other left-backs finding a new club, and Emerson looked the most likely to move on for most of the summer.
However, with Juventus reportedly close to a move, a spanner was thrown in the works by the deterioration of Alonso’s relationship with Lampard.
According to Calciomercato (via Sport Witness), the Italian giants tried to sign Emerson on loan with an option to make the deal permanent, only for the fall-out from the Blues’ 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion reportedly prompting the London club to ensure Alonso was the one who left the club.
The report suggests Alonso’s demands made a move to Juventus impossible, and that there was not enough time for Andrea Pirlo’s side to complete a deal for Emerson after reopening negotiations on October 4, the day before the deadline.
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