Chelsea may not have had as nail-biting a transfer deadline day as some of their closest Premier League rivals, but they definitely did their fair share of business over the course of the summer.
In total 29 players were either loaned out, sold or released by Jose Mourinho, as The Special One attempts to restructure his squad with a view to challenging for the title.
Cech and Van Ginkel
The bulk of the attention yesterday focused on Petr Cech’s future at Stamford Bridge, with the Czech international hotly linked with a move to QPR.However the long-serving stopper remained with the Blues past the 11pm deadline, meaning he’ll now stay until at least January.
The same can’t be said for young midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who has joined AC Milan on a season-long loan. The Dutch international was the most notable exit on deadline day from the Chelsea camp, with his departure easing the burden on Mourinho when it comes to choosing from his plethora of choices for the middle of the park.
Currently the likes of Nemanja Matic, Francesc Fabregas, Oscar and Ramires are all competing for positions in Mourinho's first-team, whilst Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah are also in the mix for the midfield berths. Such a selection headache leaves the Blues coach with difficult decisions to make, regardless of the fact so many players are currently plying their trade on loan away from the club.
Elsewhere on the continent a transfer of note for the west London giants may have been Matheus Doria’s switch from Brazilian outfit Botafogo to French club Marseille. Reports today have revealed that the 19-year-old centre-back almost joined Chelsea last summer, with Mourinho merely waiting for a work permit for his would-be player before finalising a permanent transfer.
However it’s said that the Blues intended on farming the youngster out to Vitesse Arnhem, which he was less than happy with, and so the deal went awry. Meanwhile Mourinho has been given food for thought after being publicly criticised by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Galactico, who worked under the Portuguese coach between 2010 and 2013, accused his former boss of creating a bad atmosphere. The Special One's reign at the Bernabeu was ended after a reports of numerous clashes with the board, as well as a string of high-profile players voicing their concerns, which falls in tandem with Ronaldo's claims.
Mourinho causing problems? Surely not?