Chelsea have enjoyed a spectacular summer transfer window and a great start to the 2014-15 Premier League season, and as a result, the final few hours before deadline day will be fairly quiet around Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are mainly looking to offload players who are unlikely to feature much and bring in depth in key areas, but manager Jose Mourinho has to feel confident about his squad and the way they have handled the first few weeks of the season.
Here's the latest buzz surrounding the Blues' transfer activity.
Chelsea made the transfer of French international Loic Remy official on Sunday, as reported by the club's official website. The striker couldn't hide his enthusiasm over playing for such a large and storied club:
I feel very happy and very proud to have signed for Chelsea. They are one of the best clubs in the world and I can’t wait to get started, training and playing with my new team-mates, when I get back from international duty with France.
To be honest I wanted to play in the Champions League this season so yes, that was another of my motivations for coming here. I know that Chelsea can win the Champions League this season because there is so much quality in the squad. The first thing to aim for is winning titles.
Remy spent the 2013-14 season on loan with Newcastle and returned to Queens Park Rangers during the summer, but it quickly became clear the Frenchman wanted to move to a bigger club.
The 27-year-old proved himself to be a productive Premier League scorer last year with 14 goals in 26 appearances, per WhoScored.com. He'll join the Blues as cover for Diego Costa and will likely be second in the team's pecking order for starts, with Didier Drogba coming off the bench in bigger matches.
As shared by WhoScored, he certainly presents an upgrade over last year's strike force:
The Frenchman will likely be the last high-profile signing Chelsea make in the summer window, and with three class strikers now in the squad, Mourinho can feel confident as the club prepare for the UEFA Champions League.
Marco van Ginkel
The Dutch youngster looked set to remain with Chelsea for the season but has now reportedly changed his mind, per Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (h/t Football Oranje's Michael Bell), agreeing to spend 2014-15 on loan with Italian giants AC Milan.
Sky Sports' Fabrizio Romano shared these images of the player arriving in Milan:
The talented central midfielder could have played a role off the bench for the Blues, but at the age of 21, he needs consistent minutes to continue his development. Chelsea have plenty of talent in that area of the pitch, and Mourinho has never been one to put his faith in younger players.
Van Ginkel still has a future with the Blues, and given Milan's struggles in recent years, he'll likely receive far more playing time in the fashion capital. Working with Pippo Inzaghi will also help his growth, and he'll be facing some of the best midfielders in the world in Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman.
A loan move seems like a wise decision at this stage of Van Ginkel's career, and Chelsea fans will undoubtedly hope he can follow in the footsteps of Thibaut Courtois, honing his skills abroad before returning as a far superior player.
Van Ginkel will be joined by Fernando Torres at Milan, per The Associated Press (via FoxSports.com), as the Spanish striker completed a two-year loan move to the Rossoneri.
The club confirmed the news on Twitter:
Torres will we looking to rejuvenate a career that took a turn for the worse when he joined Chelsea in 2011. Frequently the target of mockery, the Spanish international lost his shooting boots and never lived up to his spectacular price tag.
While it's difficult to proclaim the 30-year-old will reinvent himself in Italy (people have been predicting his breakout season for several years now), Milan's system based on movement and the counter-attack suits Torres' playing style like a glove.
Torres won't be expected to carry the scoring load for the Rossoneri, with that responsibility going to Keisuke Honda and Stephan El Shaarawy, and he won't be held back by the pressure of his then-record transfer fee, either.
The transfer brings an end to Torres' transfer saga, and while plenty of fans will rejoice that the Spaniard will no longer be leading Chelsea's attack, he will still leave the Blues faithful with plenty of good memories. This goal against Barcelona will live on for years to come:
Milan fans will no doubt hope to see plenty of those, while Chelsea will no doubt feel confident with the trio of Costa, Drogba and Remy.
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