Jose Mourinho's summer splurging may be over for the most part, but departures from Stamford Bridge could lead to more business being concluded by Chelsea this summer.
The club is currently at its limit for foreign players over the age of 21, but increasing reports of outside interest in certain Blues stars could pave the way for Mourinho to spend once again.
It's a fine line to tread between trusting in what you have and chasing other assets, with Mourinho facing a difficult dilemma in who to place his faith in.
Andre Schurrle could be one of those sacrificed in order to see other foreign faces arrive at Chelsea this summer, the Daily Mail's Simon Jones revealing that Atletico Madrid are in talks with last year's summer signing.
I want to win titles with Chelsea and we have an opportunity this season. I need to take the experience of this summer and make the next step at Chelsea, to step up and play a big role this season with the confidence I have.
Right now, I feel so confident. I’m tired but feeling better and better. It would be impossible for me to be fit after only one week of training with the squad but playing two matches at the weekend has been good for me.
Atletico might seem an acceptable alternative for the attacker and would by no means be a downgrade, but Robin Bairner of Goal.com suggests that Paris Saint-Germain might pose as outside competition:
Certainly not shot of options, it seems Schurrle will be playing among the very elite of Europe's hierarchy wherever he ends up, the main question being how eager Chelsea are to keep their man.
Vincenzo Montella has given some explanation for the omission, however, with Alex Shaw of ESPN quoting the Viola manager as saying:
Montella has explained Cuadrado missing the Madrid friendly - he's suspended for first Serie A game so no point taking him for this one.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 15, 2014
Last week, Fiorentina president Andrea della Valle proclaimed that if his player's valuation was met, Fiorentina would have to sell Cuadrado, per Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Goal.com's Vaishali Bhardwaj):
I spoke with Cuadrado and I have presented our project [to him].
I told him to stay another year in the team with a winning project. But, I am not optimistic because he has received important offers and we may have to let him go.
We'll see what happens over the next week.
The boy had a good reaction. We spoke discreetly. It was a clear negotiation with the player. The World Cup that he played in [with Colombia] has not helped.
Juan is a very discreet guy and honest.
Chelsea have been linked with the Colombian for much of the summer thus far and certainly possess the financial aid necessary to tempt their Serie A rivals.
However, as is the case with Schurrle, the foreign-player quota is a criterion that would need to be met.
Thibaut Courtois has moved closer to cementing his spot as Chelsea No. 1 after Jose Mourinho suggested the Belgian is currently trumping Petr Cech in the pecking order, according to the Daily Mail's Sam Cunnigham.
Mourinho was speaking prior to his side's Premier League opener against Burnley, where the goalkeeping situation was one of those addressed by the manager:
The Independent's Jack de Menezes reported last week that Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were among those clubs interested in signing Cech, should he be deemed up for sale at Stamford Bridge.
With Courtois guarding, the Blues would struggle to appease both stoppers, and with Mourinho casting an eye more toward the future of the club, Cech's sale could become a lot more likely.