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…
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.
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.