Chelsea Transfer News: Breaking Down Blues' Latest Summer Moves

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2013

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 22:  Marco van Ginkel of Vitesse in action during the Eredivisie match between SC Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem at Abe Lenstra Stadion on December 22, 2012 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Like a handful of clubs in the Premier League, Chelsea is just a few key moves away from fielding a championship-caliber team.

No one knows that better than new boss Jose Mourinho, who has played a key role in several offseason moves for the Blues already this summer. But still, Chelsea has yet to land a transfer window game changer.

For now, fans can chew on a handful of notable summer moves.

Here, we'll break down Chelsea's latest offseason transactions. 


Chelsea Adds Midfield Wizard Marco van Ginkel

In what has arguably been the club's top signing this summer, Chelsea found a way to reel talented young Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel away from Arnhem Vitesse for a reported £8 million, according to The Guardian.

Van Ginkel starred for the Netherlands at the Under-21 European Championship earlier this summer and emerged as a stud in midfield for Vitesse, scoring eight goals and dishing out 10 assists in league play last season.

Voted the Young Dutch Player of the Year, van Ginkel offers tremendous potential as a 20-year-old attacking midfielder who can bring some versatility to Stamford Bridge.

Despite a tough transition to the Premier League still ahead, van Ginkel has already drawn comparisons to current Blues star Frank Lampard. The hope is that van Ginkel can develop next season and ultimately become the legend's replacement in midfield.


Blues Land Veteran Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer

In a move made purely to back up Petr Cech, Chelsea signed 40-year-old veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer this July, according to The Guardian's David Hytner.

The Aussie has played the past five seasons with Fulham after coming over from Middlesbrough. He's made over 740 club appearances since the early 1990s and boasts over 100 caps for the Australian national team.

There's no doubt that Schwarzer is a phenomenal addition for Jose Mourinho's side. He offers an unrivaled amount of experience and gives the Blues depth at a key position. 

Cech obviously isn't getting any younger, and if he is lost for any period of time this coming season, Mourinho can now confidently send out Schwarzer in between the posts. 


Chelsea Sends Oriol Romeu Off to Valencia

The Blues will wave good bye to defender Oriol Romeu for the time being after sending him to Valencia on a season-long loan, according to Ben Curtis of The Mirror.

Romeu has made well over two dozen appearances for Chelsea since signing with the club two summers ago, but he hasn't played a pivotal role for the Blues at all. A knee injury forced him to miss much of last season. He would finish 2012-13 with just nine appearances in all competitions. 

Romeu joins three other Chelsea up-and-comers to be sent off on loans: Marko Marin, Thibaut Courtois and Patrick van Aanholt.

The goal is to allow Romeu and the others an opportunity to see some more top-level action next season. 


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