TCC View: Chelsea could face another 2015/16 scenario if they don't act in the transfer market

Chelsea are looking at their most underwhelming summer window for over half a decade and time is running out to turn that around.

The Blues are no strangers to spending big in the transfer market.

Last year, they spent over £200m on six first-team signings, whilst Malang Sarr was sent straight out on loan.

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However, this season’s shopping spree comes to a total cost of zero pounds where incomings are concerned.

In terms of outgoings, Chelsea are at least slowly pilling up the pennies.

Fikayo Tomori has joined AC Milan for £25m (Sky Sports), soon to be followed by Olivier Giroud.

Marc Guehi is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace and Victor Moses is now a permanent Spartak Moscow player.

Tammy Abraham is looking to be sold for £40m (Telegraph), with Conor Gallagher also tipped for a Premier League move.

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But what most Chelsea supporters are concerned about is who will be striding through the Stamford Bridge gates before the upcoming campaign begins.

At present, that mystery man is nowhere to be seen.

That’s not strictly true; Erling Haaland is still at Borussia Dortmund in plain sight, yet remains out of the Blues grasp.

Achraf Hakimi has already slipped through the net and was caught by Paris Saint-Germain.

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Buying a new centre-back also looks like a distant dream right now.

Fateful 2015/16 chapter

If Chelsea aren’t careful, their ongoing transfer spree could be even more disappointing than that of 2015/16.

Signing Pedro from Barcelona was arguably the best catch; after the Spaniard, things looked a little discouraging.

Baba Rahman was bought for a surprising £23m (Goal), Asmir Begovic joined from Stoke City and 19-year-old Kenedy arrived from Fluminense.

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Radamel Falcao flew in with a decent reputation, but one that had been dented by an ill-advised move to Manchester United.

Michael Hector, Nathan, Papy Djilobodji, and Danilo Pantic were the other acquisitions.

Not exactly a stellar cast, is it?

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Some may say the 2019/20 addition was more dispiriting, due to the fact Chelsea had been handed a ban from making any purchases.

Although, they still managed to get Mateo Kovacic penned in on a full-time agreement, whereas Christian Pulisic properly parted ways with Dortmund.

At this rate, the current transfer saga could be the Blues’ worst for a very long time.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.