Loic Remy's Chelsea Move Shows the Blues' Improved Transfer Policy

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

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Jose Mourinho has every reason for feeling happy with himself right now.

It's not because Chelsea are sitting top of the Premier League going into the international break: It's more because of the decisions he has made this summer that are going to keep them there.

Chelsea aren't just title contenders this season, they are favourites. Strong favourites.

While their rivals have been slow off the mark or, worse still, buying star names in an act of desperation, Chelsea have identified their weaknesses and addressed them to build a squad that looks imperious.

Sure, the Premier League season is just three games old, but the signs are even Manchester City are going to struggle to keep up with the Blues this year.

When it comes to the transfer market, Chelsea are just as clinical as Diego Costa in front of goal.

The signing of Loic Remy, as per the club's official website, shows us that.

Remy's capture isn't the sort that will strike immediate fear in Chelsea's opponents. What it shows us, though, is when they have to, Chelsea react quickly these days. They're swift and efficient.

It all started in January.

Given a summer to assess the squad at his disposal, Mourinho didn't make rash decisions last year.

He knows he's Jose Mourinho and with the name comes the expectation to win titles. For potential dominance further down the line, however, he played it cool in 2013/14.

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Mourinho was calculated.

Chelsea's weaknesses were laid bare and top of the agenda was a defensive midfielder of considerable class. Enter Nemanja Matic in January, while Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne were shipped out to balance the squad and importantly, the bank balance.

Mourinho was building from the back, targeting a creative midfielder and striker this summer.

Before the World Cup had even kicked-off, Chelsea had signed Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Then followed Didier Drogba and Filipe Luis, all the while Chelsea were trimming the fat to fund their purchases.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/
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Out went David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku and others to bring in £88.5 million transfer fees, remarkably giving the club a £3 million profit despite the considerable talent acquired.

And when Fernando Torres joined AC Milan on a two-year loan, within 24 hours Remy was replacing him.

There weren't any transfer deadline day shenanigans at Chelsea. It was all rather boring if we're honest, but in transfer deadline day currency, boring is the most valuable.

It's the premium every manager craves.

Mourinho hasn't needed to scramble around Europe for a central defender, a goalscorer or right-back. He had everything he needed when pre-season training started in mid-July.

In contrast, Arsenal still have gaps in their squad and face the next few months with just three recognised central defenders in Per Mertesacker, Calum Chambers and Laurent Koscielny. Then comes their issues up front, where goals appear to be a considerable problem without a genuine goalscorer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Jose Mourinho, manager of Chelsea talks to Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunsk
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Question marks remain over Liverpool and Manchester City, too.

And need we discuss Manchester United's insistence on buying players for big fees in any and every position other than where they are needed?

That used to be Chelsea's crown of thorns and now, to the delight of their fans, they've passed it on.

When a move has been needed, Chelsea have made it this year, and it's resulted in them being in an enviable position.

After the 6-3 defeat of Everton on Saturday evening, Mourinho was calm and composed when he gave his reaction on camera.

Normally miffed at conceding goals, especially the like of what befell his defence at Goodison Park, he rarely makes any attempt to hide his disdain.

He was different, though. Mourinho was happy, grinning and almost at ease.

After witnessing the events of transfer deadline day, we now know why.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes