Round-up: Chelsea needed a top-drawer centre-back, claims Merson

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Hello Chelsea fans and welcome to your daily round-up of all the latest news from Stamford Bridge.

Transfer deadline proved to be a bit of a damp squib, but it was not all bad new for the Blues as they signed two players.

With the window closed any speculation of deals will be put to bed, but the fallout from what could, or should, have been will continue. 


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Paul Merson believes Chelsea have sold themselves short after failing to sign a world-class centre-back in the transfer window.

The former Arsenal man turned Sky Sports pundit thinks the Blues have done some smart business in signing Pedro, but feels they needed a top-drawer central defender this summer.

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They did sign Papy Djilobodji from Nantes, but Merson is not convinced the 27-year-old will see much game time at Stamford Bridge.

In his transfer round-up, Merson said: "Pedro is the one that stands out, obviously. They got a good goalkeeper in Asmir Begovic, but they let a very good goalkeeper go to Arsenal.

"They spent the whole summer trying to get John Stones and then they end up getting this lad from Nantes for two million quid.

"I don't think Papy Djilobodji (I think I might just call him Papy…) will be playing. Pedro is great but I feel they needed a top-drawer centre-half - a £30million one - if I'm being honest."


In other news, Nathaniel Chalobah has become the 33rd Chelsea player to go out on loan this season after his move to Napoli was confirmed.

The 20-year-old has had previous spells at in the Championship and Premier League will be able to test himself in Serie 'A' and the Europa League with his new club.


And finally, Chelsea were prepared to smash the British transfer record in order to secure the services of Paul Pogba, according to the Independent.

However a deal never materialised, but according to the publication Chelsea are still extremely interested in a move for the French midfielder and defender John Stones in the future.

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