Chelsea’s transfer window started with departures. Long standing servants Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard leaving with their contract running out. Then came a big money bid from Paris St Germain for David Luiz at £50 million and it was enough to convince Chelsea to allow the Brazilian to team up with his countrymen Thiago Silva in the French capital.
Chelsea’s first acquisition came in the form of the returning Cesc Fabregas, who was surprisingly deemed surplus to requirement by incoming Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. The Spanish international had his choice of any of the top teams in the league and decided to return to London but surprisingly choosing Stamford Bridge over a reunion with former club Arsenal.
Next to arrive was Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho aware as the rest of the world that Chelsea were missing a consistent source of goals. In spite of an excellent season in La Liga with champions Atletico Madrid, Costa must be considered a risky signing. Before last seasons exploits the Spanish international was not on anyones radar. Costa, born in Brazil but qualifies to play for Spain having lived there since he was 19 and never representing Brazil in a competitive match, he was giving Spanish Citizenship when the Spanish government offered him a passport. With no premiership experience and only one blockbuster season under his belt, the pressure will be on him to justify the hype and the £32 million price tag.
Chelsea’s departures didn’t stop with Cole and Lampard, Demba Ba moved on to Turkish outfit Besiktas, Samuel Eto’o left with his contract not being renewed and the extremely surprising transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Everton. For one reason or another Lukaku’s career at Chelsea never kicked off and he has been allowed to leave, Everton smashing their transfer record for one of Europe’s most promising young talents. These departures lead to another return to the premiership in the form of Didier Drogba. Even to the most anti-Chelsea fan you can’t help but smile at the thought of his return and wonder what exploits may happen in the forth coming season.
The final signing (so far!) is another signing from Atletico Madrid, left back Filipe Luis to fill the gap left by Ashley Cole’s departure to Roma. The returning Thibaut Courtois, who is like a new signing, will provide healthy competition for Petr Cech. This squad, much more than last season, it is a Mourinho team and should see the London giants mount a serious challenge for the premiership crown.