Monday 1 July
What has a Roman ever done for us?
Happy anniversary. Roman rule is ten years old today. Just think what has happened in the last ten years and where we were when Roman came to the rescue –in the Champions League but heading for administration.
For the league titles and cups and the enjoyment, scandal, controversy we thank the taciturn Russian. Here is to ten more even better.
Patrick Bamford will spend the first half of the new season in Milton Keynes where he enjoyed a productive spell between injuries last season.
Officially leaving are Paulo Ferreira, Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda and Ross Turnbull.
Tuesday 2 July
Marco van Ginkel is officially in talks about a move from Vitesse. The 20-year-old is worried about playing time with the World Cup on the horizon but can be tempted to join the throng of midfielders at Chelsea for about £8m.
Still no word on a new goalkeeper.
Wednesday 3 July
Marco van Ginkel is a Chelsea player for about £8m. Many Chelsea fans saw a lot of him last season while checking on the progress of Kakuta, Kalas and Van Aanholt playing in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem. Whether he is ready for a full season or how the club are going to fit all the midfielders in behind a striker we are not sure. Perhaps a radical 1-8-1 formation would satisfy the talent available.
Vitesse had a very successful season last year with the Chelsea trio and van Ginkel and our new man received the Netherlands’ young player of the year award.
There is a firm rumour that Kakuta is going back to the Netherlands on loan as part of this deal.
Meanwhile old boy Nicolas Anelka sign for old boy Steve Clarke at West Brom and immediately set his sights on qualifying for Europe. He is possibly the Baggies most glamorous signing.
Friday 5 July
Isaiah Brown has signed at U21 level from West Brom. Izzy Brown was voted West Brom young player of the year last season and has always been a Chelsea fan.
Scholars to men time for Andreas Christensen, Fankaty Dabo, Chike Kandi, Reece Mitchell, Jordan Houghton, Dion Conroy, Kevin Wright and Isak Ssewankambo all signed professional contracts this week. Rubin Loftus-Cheek and Islam Feruz signed theirs during last season and the glittering Alex Kiwomya either has signed or will soon.
The news comes as seven sign scholarship forms: Ola Ana, Jeremie Boga, George Brady, Charlie Colkett, Bradley Collins, Charly Musonda and Kasey Palmer.
Jeffrey Bruma’s move to PSV has been held up by medical tests that have shown he is suffering from a heart problem. Further examinations should clarify the situation in the next week or so. We wish him well.