Chelsea Transfer News: Exploring Blues' Pre-Deadline Deals

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: Loic Remy of France competes for the ball with Walter Ayovi of Ecuador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Ecuador and France at Maracana on June 25, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are gearing up for another run at the Premier League crown following a year where they finished an arm's length shy of Manchester City. They'll look to exit the transfer window stronger to maintain their fast start.

The Blues have run the table during their opening three slates, including a six-goal outburst against Everton on Saturday. In order to keep that new-found offensive spark intact, Jose Mourinho's primary goal is to procure attackers before Monday's deadline.

As a business, Chelsea will also do their diligence examining the market price on some of their current players. The loss of one of their veterans amplifies the pressure to acquire a striker over the next couple days.

Let's take a look at some recent Chelsea transfer happenings.

 

Fernando Torres Leaves for Milan on Loan

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 30:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea in action during the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea at the Gelredome Stadium on July 30, 2014 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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According to The Guardian's Dominic Fifield, forward Fernando Torres moves to A.C. Milan on a two-year loan in what boils down to a giveaway.

Fernando Torres is to have a medical at Milan on Saturday after agreement was reached between the Italian club, Chelsea and the player’s representatives to smooth what is, in effect, a free transfer.

The Spain striker, who cost a British record £50m when he signed from Liverpool in January 2011, will leave England after seven seasons in the Premier League and sign a two-year deal at San Siro after agreeing a compromise over his wage demands. He was initially reluctant to lower his £175,000-a-week salary.

Chelsea's official Twitter page confirmed the deal.

The 30-year-old tallied five goals and five assists in Premier League play for Chelsea last season. He never lived up to the lofty expectations considering the £50m price tag they paid in 2011. They are now willing to cut their losses and let Torres receive a fresh start.

Mourinho conceded to Fifield that the Spanish striker will benefit from a change of scenery. 

I don’t think a sad person can work the way he does, can be as professional as he is. He works so hard, is so professional, is so stable in his personal life. I don’t see a sad man. But when I speak about happiness, I mean football happiness. Football feeling: more self-confidence, not the need to feel under pressure, not to feel he has to deliver and that all eyes are on him because of a big transfer fee. All these kind of things.

Torres had not struck the scoreboard yet this season, so the possibility of a deal might have created a distraction that both he and team needed to end. Chelsea now have time to scour the market for a possible replacement to complement Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. 

 

Making a Move for Loic Remy

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Curtis Davies of Hull City slides in to tackle Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo
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According to Sky Sports, Chelsea hopes to replace Torres with former Newcastle United striker Loic Remy.

Queens Park Rangers have given permission for wantaway striker Loic Remy to hold talks with Chelsea, according to Sky sources.

The France forward has been seeking a move away from Loftus Road all summer and was close to joining Liverpool in July, only for the deal to collapse after he flew to the USA for a medical.

The 27-year-old netted 14 goals for Newcastle last season before returning to QPR upon his loan's expiration. Per the Sky Sports report, he turned down a chance to go back to Newcastle, as he desires a spot on a Champions League club.

As explained by The Telegraph's Jason Burt, Chelsea would have to pay a £8.5 buyout clause to free him from his current deal. After receiving no financial compensation for Torres, they'd struggle to open their wallets for a larger acquisition.

Chelsea reporter Francois Piraux thinks obtaining Remy is the perfect cost-conscious maneuver for a squad needing an affordable upgrade.

Chelsea's scoring barrage against Everton should also instill some confidence into their current squad, easing the pressure to shell out any extra dough. Remy won't change the EPL landscape, but he's a solid piece that gives Chelsea extra depth this season.