Papy Djilobodji
Papy Djilobodji

Tuesday 1 September
Well, no Pogba or Stones that means we missed the two targets we’d been taking shots at all summer.

What we got instead was a couple of promising defenders: Papy Djilobodji is a 26-year-old defender from Nantes. The club are spinning that we’d been watching him for ages and this is not a panic buy because we missed John Stones. We did only pay a tenth of Stones’ asking price at £4m.

Reading sold us Michael Hector for £4m and immediately loaned him back. Hector is a Jamaican international and at 23 is hardly a spring chicken.

It is a little weird to be signing centre-backs when we have Andreas Christensen, Tomas Kalas and Kenneth Omeruo all out on loan.

Talking of loans, deep breath, Reading snapped up Lucas Piazon from the U21 squad. The Brazilian will be looking to make his mark under Steve Clarke after loans in recent years to Vitesse and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Jeremie Boga is out to Stade Rennes in Ligue 1, still only 18, Jeremie has been a leading light in the recent U18/U19/U21 triumphs and should light up the French top flight.

Alex Davy has extended his loan at Peterborough United. Islam Feruz joined Hibernian. Izzy Brown signed a new five-year contract. Also on a new deal is Victor Moses who was then loaned out to West Ham as the Hammers looked to sign an entire first-team squad in one day.

On the pitch Baba Rahman and Christian Atsu warmed up for African nations’ cup action with a 2-3 friendly win in Congo.

Wednesday 2 September
Nathanial Chalobah is out on loan to Napoli. It is a big step for possibly our most promising defensive midfield product. If he makes a mark in Italy his career could really take off.

New signing, Papy Djilobodji has been omitted from the Champions League squad. No explanation came from the club but it could be we have reached our limit on overseas players.

Eden Hazard celebrates against Norwich CityThursday 3 September
Eden Hazard stuck away a penalty as Belgium came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-3. Asmir Begovic was in goal for the Bosnians.

There were plenty of Blues caps at U21 and below probably the pick was Jay Dasilva captaining a 0-2 away win in the Netherlands for England U18.

Friday 4 September
Serbia actually won a game in qualifying for Euro 2016 but beating Armenia was not enough as their earlier form means that Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic will have next summer off.

Saturday 5 September
Chelsea U18 3:1 Southampton U18

Even with changes enforced by the international week, Joe Edwards’ side are vibrant, inventive and a joy to watch. Isaac Christie-Davies capped the match after two from Miro Muheim.

Spain seem to have shaken off their World Cup as Costa, Fábregas and Pedro all played a 2-0 win over in-form Slovakia.

Gary Cahill sat out England’s 0-6 humping of San Marino, leaving the national side without a Chelsea player.

Willian played a Brazilian friendly in New Jersey against Costa Rica. Brazil dominated but only managed a solitary strike.

Ghana kept their perfect start to Africa cup of nations qualifiers by beating Rwanda with both our boys on from the start.

Meanwhile Michael Hector won his first Jamaica cap as a Chelsea man as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-3 to Nicaragua.

Sunday 6 September
Chelsea 2:1 Notts County
The women now head the league by five points but Man City have a game in hand. Beat Liverpool away and Sunderland at home and we’ll be champions. Not, you know, counting any chickens or anything, especially after what happened last year.

Wales threw a big party to celebrate qualification only to draw with Israel. What is it about Wales that always leaves the champagne on ice?

Turkey thumped the Netherlands 3-0 leaving the Dutch fourth in their group and hoping for a slip above them to get into the play-offs – expect the Netherlands to be crowned European champions next summer.

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