A few weeks ago, Jose Mourinho seemed satisfied with his squad and insisted there was no need for any additions. That seems to have changed now probably because of Chelsea’s rather poor start in the defence of their Premier League title. Reports say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approved at least three transfers to go through before the Window closes.
An initial £21 million bid for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has been tabled but will probably be rejected as the Spanish club will be keen to hold out for the £56.8 million release clause that was recently attached to the French forward. In spite of that, Chelsea will probably keep handing in offers until they can get their man as the closing of the Transfer Window beckons.
Another bid for John Stones has been rejected, this time £30 million but it seems Everton are pretty close to giving in as Chelsea continue to put in greater bids. Jose Mourinho seemed to send a personal message to John Stones by subbing off John Terry against Manchester City as if to prove to the young centre back that a playing position is vacant for him to fill. Everton may continue to fight but for the right amount of money, John Stones will probably end up a Chelsea player.
Roman Abramovich is thought to be personally negotiating a move for Zenit’s Axel Witsel as Mourinho wants to bolster his midfield by providing worthwhile competition for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic.
It certainly looks like the early season woes have given Chelsea a clear picture of what they need for this season and considering how much the other clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool have spent, the Blues will probably be willing to break the bank to get the players they need.
Contribution from Kudzai Mahwite