Chelsea transfer inactivity: A cause for concern?

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Jose Mourinho predicted a relaxed summer transfer window for Chelsea back in March.

"Our transfer policy doesn't need a lot of funds, because we don't need a lot of things." The boss affirmed. "I think our transfer policy will be nice and quiet."

And he was right.


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The mere additions of Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao remain Mourinho's only moves this summer.

Young talent has been recruited in Nathan, Kenedy and Danilo Pantic, yet it is unlikely they will be involved with the first team squad.

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Stones interest 

There has also been a (rejected) bid for Everton defender John Stones.

Even his arrival, though, is nothing for Chelsea fans to be wagging their tails about.

Whilst Stones has the potential to become chief in a team of Chelsea's calibre one day, it is difficult to see him breaking the firm partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill just yet.

So, unlike those around them, there have been no major revamps at the Bridge.

They have simply sat back and watched the likes of United, City and Liverpool excessively bolster their squads.

Almost in arrogance.

The Blues, on the other hand, have merely filled gaps left by Petr Cech and Didier Drogba. 

The two club icons both had to settle for backup roles in Chelsea's title-winning squad last year, thus their departures do not affect Chelsea's structure enormously.

And Begovic and Falcao can be impressive replacements if they find form, a question more of the latter following his miserable season at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, with John Terry the last remaining of Chelsea's old-guard, it will be intriguing to see if the Champions miss Cech and Drogba's street-smarts as they attempt to retain their crown.

Still, it is understandable that Chelsea fans have become concerned with their team's tranquil approach this window.


United got Schweinsteiger, City famously went big for Sterling, Liverpool used that money to capture Benteke and Arsenal bagged Cech.

But Chelsea should be more flattered than worried.

Almost all of their rivals restructuring, with regards to Tottenham, acts as an indication of how Mourinho's men were a class above the rest last season.

Furthermore, what often evades many is the age of Chelsea's squad. 

Courtois and Oscar 23, Hazard 24, Azpilicueta 25, Matic, Willian and Costa 26, Fabregas 28.

That is why Mourinho is content to let Van Gaal and co dominate the market this time around.

He knows his Champions have even more to give.

Abramovich's purse could still be dipped into yet, especially if a player is moved on. The struggling Juan Cuadrado has been linked with a move back to Italy, and Barcelona star Pedro is reportedly on Mourinho's shortlist. 

There is also talk of a second bid for Stones.

Even without these coups though, the prospect of Chelsea's current spine becoming even stronger, after their evident superiority last year, means Chelsea remain favourites to successfully defend their title in the coming season.

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