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The hectic 2023/24 window: Chelsea's ambitious squad revamp


The hectic 2023/24 window: Chelsea's ambitious squad revamp
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The summer transfer window that opened on Wednesday 14th June has been quite an eventful one for the Premier League club Chelsea.


Chelsea's poor performance last season, finishing 11th in the league, was a major disappointment for the club and its fans. Inconsistent form and a lack of cohesion on the field contributed to their struggles.


The team struggled to convert scoring opportunities into goals, resulting in dropped points. Injuries to key players further disrupted the squad's rhythm. However, it is crucial to remember that setbacks are a part of football, and Chelsea has a history of bouncing back


As a result, they started the 2023 window by announcing the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.


Departures


N'golo Kanté had ongoing contract renewal issues with Chelsea throughout last season, yet there was some optimism that a deal will be struck. However, at the end no breakthrough was made and the Frenchman left on a free transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad. His departure from Chelsea marked the end of an era filled with relentless energy and unwavering determination. During his time at the club he won every major trophy except the Carabao Cup. I think he will be pleased with that return.


According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Chelsea for the sale of Kai Havertz for €60m plus €5m in add-ons, is a great deal for the

Blues considering they had bought the German for €75m, and he had performed relatively poorly in the last three seasons. He will be remembered for his pivotal role in the UEFA Champions League triumph, as his goal in the final against Manchester City secured Chelsea's second-ever European crown.


Another big name departing Chelsea is Mateo Kovačić. Romano reported that Manchester City were interested in the Croatian maestro. Earlier this week he confirmed that Chelsea and Manchester City had a deal in place worth €25m plus €5m in add-ons for the transfer of Kovačić.

Rumours suggest that Édouard Mendy, Hakim Ziyech and Kalidou Koulibaly have verbally agreed deals with Al-Ahli, Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, respectively. Romano has given the 'here we go' for all three deals.


Reuters suggests that the following transfer fees will be paid to Chelsea:

Mendy - €12 million

Ziyech - €8 million

Koulibaly - €20-25 million

Mason Mount is also listed on the market for a fee of €60m. The Englishman rejected all attempts by Chelsea to extend his contract and is now looking for suitors.


Manchester United have shown interest in the player and have bid twice only to be rejected by Chelsea. There is growing optimism that a fee will be agreed soon, with United submitting a third bid.


Additionally, there are rumors surrounding the potential departures of players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Hudson-Odoi, César Azpilicueta, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, indicating that more changes could soon be on the horizon for Chelsea.


Arrivals


Chelsea's proactive approach in the previous season saw them secure a deal

with RB Leipzig for Christopher Nkunku, and the start of this transfer window marked

the arrival of the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge. With a price tag of €60 million, Nkunku's acquisition is considered a shrewd piece of business by Chelsea, as his current market value is significantly higher. This demonstrates the club's ability to secure top talent at favourable terms, showcasing their astute transfer dealings.


According to Romano, the highly anticipated signing of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal is set to happen, as he gave the 'here we go' confirmation. Chelsea is reportedly acquiring the 22-year-old striker for a fee of €35 million. With Chelsea's goal-scoring issues in mind, Jackson's arrival is

expected to provide a much-needed boost, as his talent and youthfulness have the potential to

address the team's scoring concerns effectively.


In addition, Chelsea remain keen on acquiring an established striker, with Victor Osimhen and Dusan Vlahovic being targeted. The club's proactive approach in the

transfer market reflects their determination to address their scoring woes and build a formidable squad for the upcoming season.


As the transfer window progresses, Chelsea aim to reshape their squad and overcome the challenges that plagued them last season. With new managerial leadership and potential new signings, the club hopes to regain their competitive edge and make a strong comeback in the upcoming campaign.

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