Where will Willian fit in at Chelsea?
Chelsea's spending is excessive, to say the least. Many might look at Roman Abramovich—ranked 107 in the world's richest men, owner of a $1 billion boat and wonder what the problem is: "He's got the money, why not spend it?"
It's old news to point to the expensive purchase of players like Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres, strikers with huge transfer fees that never quite worked out, but recently Chelsea's spending has been over the top and unnecessarily so.
The club's wage bill amounted to £173 million in 2011/12, second highest behind Manchester City's £202 million, as seen in the Guardian.
According to Transfermarkt, the Stamford Bridge side blew £66.3 million on new faces this summer and received £8.9 million on players going the other way.
Abramovich's money was largely spent in midfield, where the side already had a wealth of options. There is no denying the talents of Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Willian, but whether these players were needed is questionable, especially when players of Juan Mata's quality are left on the bench.
Midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Michael Essien also returned from loan spells at Werder Bremen and Real Madrid, respectively.
Willian's transfer was the strangest, appearing more a case of one-upmanship against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs had gone so far as to complete a medical with the Brazilian, who looked like he was on his way to White Hart Lane, until Chelsea came calling.
The Blues needed a good striker, something that was highlighted when Mourinho decided to field a striker-less side against Manchester United recently. It was a move that spoke volumes about Mourinho's regard for Torres and Demba Ba.
Chelsea wanted to sign Rooney but they had their advances rebuffed by United and, rather than packing off Torres or Ba, it was Romelu Lukaku that left the club to join Everton on loan. A coup for the Toffees and the player himself, who will be guaranteed playing time. Yet a bizarre move by Chelsea.
Samuel Eto'o has come on board, which could turn out to be a masterstroke. However it's going to be a short-term answer, if at all, for their needs up-front.
They may be a wealthy side but Chelsea need to spend with care, if they want to stay on the right side of FFP and common sense.