A look at Chelsea's Deadline Day with just hours to go - The Chelsea Chronicle

A look at Chelsea's Deadline Day with just hours to go

Chelsea’s transfer window belatedly sparked into life, having been dormant before and during the World Cup, after the appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian has had no time to waste in reshaping his Blues squad; that has retained a degree of intrigue going into Deadline Day.

So, with just hours remaining, what’s been done and what still needs doing? We’ve taken a closer look…

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 14: Mateo Kovacic of Croatia in action during a Croatia training session during the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Completed deals

First of all, two deals that were expected to be completed have now gone through. Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid has been confirmed. The European champions unveiled him earlier today.

On the back of that, Mateo Kovacic has come the other way, joining the Blues on a season-long loan deal to further boost Sarri’s midfield options, on the back of a hugely impressive World Cup with finalists Croatia.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Michy Batshuayi of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Mundo Deportivo report that Michy Batshuayi could well head to Spain. The window there shuts on August 31; with Valencia having stolen a march on Sevilla in the race for the Belgian hitman.

Chelsea’s hopes of faint hopes of signing Nabil Fekir look as if they’re over. Lyon revealed he will take part in a major event at the club on Sunday. They would surely not be shouting about it if he was leaving.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek reportedly wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, despite Kovacic’s arrival and will only leave if the club decides to get rid of him.

Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.