Here's a look at Chelsea’s summer transfer business so far.
The article will go through Chelsea's departures, their rumoured transfer signings, notable loan deals and the summer signings they've made so far.
Transfer ratings will be given to Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin, Oscar and Eden Hazard.
The rating is based on economic efficiency, the affect the signing would have on Chelsea and whether it's a good signing in general.
Didier Drogba | From Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer
A man for the big occasion, Drogba is the primary reason why the Blues are now a relevant club. He deserves the massive pay-day. Thanks for the memories.
Hallelujah! One of the worst defenders to grace Stamford Bridge. To think the Blues wasted £16.2 million on the full-back, who was a constant liability.
Salomon Kalou | From Chelsea to Lille on a free transfer
The Ivorian never lived up to expectations and was mediocre at best last season. It's a good move for everyone involved.
He’s looked good for Germany, but he was mediocre for Leverkusen last season. If the Blues trusted their scouting network, they should have made a move for Schürrle when he was at Mainz.
Unless Chelsea play him as a forward, he’s not going to produce elite performances as a winger—demonstrated by his fickle performances for Leverkusen.
Schürrle revealed why the club was unwilling to let him go: “Rudi Völler has explained the reasoning to me several times. They could not find a suitable replacement and I am too important to Bayer.”
César Azpilicueta | Proposed signing from Marseille for £7 million (Daily Mail)
Last season, he stunned onlookers with one of the best defensive performances any defender could muster up all season, by making six tackles and 12 interceptions in a 3-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
He would be a great backup to Branislav Ivanović but someone like Tony Jantschke is a better player than Azpilicueta.
Marseille president Vincent Labrune told La Marseillaise (via espn.co.uk):
I do not know who started this story, but they are totally wrong. It surely comes from agents that have an interest in the deal. Maybe they imagine that by running around making a noise about €8million it will make a difference, but it will not. For the moment nothing is happening.
£30 million for an inconsistent centre-back? What are City smoking? Of course, the logical explanation is The Sun spouting nonsense.
What about Fernando Torres? Give the Spaniard til January and then evaluate the situation. If he continues to struggle and isn’t scoring consistently, bring in Cavani.
Talking about Torres, for all the bad luck he has endured in recent times, it was good karma that he scored against Reading—albeit from an offside position.
Gaël Kakuta | Proposed loan to Marseille (sport.fr)
He was such a highly rated prospect that Chelsea went out of their way to tap him up. A move which led to FIFA dishing out a two-transfer window ban for the club—only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to later overturn the decision.
Gaël Kakuta is a skillful and nimble attacking player, so it’s unfortunate that his career has been in-limbo for a few seasons now.
Romelu Lukaku will face first-team competition from West Brom's three international forwards in Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Markus Rosenberg.
West Brom will be a cathartic experience for the Belgian—allowing him to exorcise the feelings of ineptitude he felt last season.
Having barged his way through the Seattle Sounders defence in pre-season, it wasn’t a surprise to see Lukaku run through Jamie Carragher last week. The Belgian had a fantastic debut against Liverpool but now he needs to consistently contribute week in, week out.
West Brom vs. Tottenham Hotspur this week is a must-watch for all Chelsea supporters because let’s see how the Belgian plays knowing he can upstage the man who stunted his career—André Villas-Boas.
Thibaut Courtois | Loaned to Atlético Madrid
A wonderful shot stopper, who radiates confidence on the field—except against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Thibaut Courtois is Petr Čech’s long-term replacement.
When Josh McEachran joined Swansea City, he was never going to win a midfield position without things falling his way.
Joe Allen was such an invaluable midfielder to the Swans and Leon Britton was on course to become the most accurate passer in Europe's elite leagues.
If McEachran becomes a permanent starter at Middlesbrough, then Chelsea management have made the right loan move.
The kid is quality and he just needs that extended run in Chelsea's starting XI. It would be a travesty if he doesn't make it with the Blues.
Patrick van Aanholt and Tomas Kalas | Loaned to Vitesse
Van Aanholt will have to live up to Alexander Büttner's performances—where the 23-year-old was the Eredivisie's best left-back—which ultimately led to his transfer to Manchester United.
Kalas could become a solid centre-back but he's started the season terribly because his two games against Lokomotiv Plovdiv were forgettable.
The positives about these two loans is that both players are guaranteed starting positions.
Jeffrey Bruma | Loaned to Hamburg
Last October, I published an extensive loan report on Bruma's performances for the German club. Last season, his defending was as nonexistent as the likes of Rolando, Roger Johnson and Cristián Zapata.
Unless Bruma drastically improves, Chelsea should sell him.
"My grandfather’s has come across from London to see me but the rest of them haven't had the chance and they will see me play for the first time.
"It’s a real shame that my grandmother didn't live long enough to be there. I used to go to London every Christmas, with my family. I feel Ealing and West London is my second home."
If no deal could be reach, go outside of London, and it that doesn’t work, loan him to a London club in the Championship like Crystal Palace.
Hopefully for De Bruyne’s sake he consistently starts, because if he doesn’t, Chelsea have royally screwed up.
Signed from Lens for £880,000 | Rating: 5/10
Simply put, he wouldn’t be a Chelsea player if his last name wasn’t Hazard.
If Thorgan was 15 or 16, then this move would make sense from a footballing perspective, however he’s 19—therefore his upside as a Blues first team player is limited.
Management have learnt from the Hernán Crespo saga because as talented as the Argentine was, he was lonely in London. What seems to have transpired is Eden requesting his younger brother to join him at Chelsea.
Is that a problem? No, because Chelsea must go out of their way to help Eden adjust to life in London.
Signed from Werder Bremen for £6.5 million | Rating: 5/10
Yes, Marin looked sharp during pre-season, but how did Werder receive £6.5 million for the German?
You have to understand that Marin struggled to get himself out of the treatment room last season. When he did play, he was short of confidence, he was dreadful, he was anonymous and just a liability.
Why was this the case? Persistent injuries and Thomas Schaaf’s stubbornness in playing Marin as a No. 10, when he didn’t have the traits to play that position.
Meanwhile, Swansea City signed Michu for £2 million.
The price is steep but he was wonderful during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He’s been a class act for Brazil and he’ll be a class act for Chelsea.
He’s efficient in possession, he can produce incisive passes and he has a mature understanding of the game.
Signed from Lille for £32 million | Rating 9/10
For the second game running, Eden Hazard was Chelsea's most incisive threat, as the Reading players had no answers to the Belgian—the same problem the Wigan players had on Saturday.
Hazard leads the Blues in assists, penalties won, dribbles per game and shots created.