After spending well in excess of £200million this transfer window, it was a relatively subdued transfer deadline day for Chelsea.
There were no new arrivals through the door at Stamford Bridge, while Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori all ended up staying put amid reported interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and West Ham respectively.
Wantaway defender Antonio Rudiger is said to have come close to joining the Blues’ London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but a deal never materialised and he remains one of several options for Frank Lampard’s backline this season.
However, there was a loan move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will spend the remainder of the season at Fulham, following in the footsteps of fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, who went to Aston Villa on loan after being deemed surplus to requirements at his parent club.
Chelsea’s summer business might not be completely finished just yet, with the window to deal with EFL clubs still open until next Friday, October 16.
With all that in mind, he’s all the latest Chelsea transfer news and gossip.
Why Rudiger snubbed Tottenham
Antonio Rudiger is said to have been told by Frank Lampard that he was free to go elsewhere as he’s not counting on the centre-back this season.
The 27-year-old was given permission by Germany coach Joachim Loew yesterday to sit out training yesterday as he looked to resolve his immediate future amid links to Spurs and West Ham.
A new report from German outlet Bild (via Sport Witness) claims that Rudiger opted against a loan to Tottenham because of the fierce rivalry between the two clubs’ fanbases.
Meanwhile, the centre-half opted against West Ham for sporting reasons, but will look for another move in January in search of regular minutes before next summer’s rescheduled European championships.
Eight players could still leave Chelsea
Yesterday’s deadline may have severely hampered Chelsea’s ability to offload players, but there are still some avenues open, with the EFL remaining a viable destination for the next 10 days, while some other European leagues are still able to sign players.
For example, the Eredivisie’s deadline isn’t until midnight tonight, which keeps open the possibility of PSV Eindhoven signing Marco van Ginkel, following widespread reports of their interest.
The Russian transfer window doesn’t close until October 17, and in Portugal it doesn’t close until October 25.
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Frank Lampard’s team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.
And they don’t seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.
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Alongside Van Ginkel, football.london have picked out seven more players who could potentially use these chances for either a permanent or loan move away, given they don’t appear to be in Lampard’s plans for the season ahead.
Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Drinkwater and summer signing Malang Sarr are among those that have been tipped to make a move somewhere.
The Mail report that Sarr and Emerson, in particular, are close to securing moves to Portuguese clubs.
Chelsea beat Manchester United to Kai Havertz signature
According to The Athletic, Manchester United were tracking Kai Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen last term, and enquired with the Bundesliga club over a potential fee.
The 21-year-old Germany international established himself as one of European football’s hottest prospects last term, and was considered by United chief executive Ed Woodward as an alternative to their top target Jadon Sancho, who they also failed to sign.
United were said to have baulked at the €100m asking price quoted by Leverkusen, which led the way for Chelsea to sign him in the summer.
Some outlets suggest that the Blues paid close to their valuation, £89m, making him their record signing, while other conflicting reports suggest the actual figure was closer to £72m.
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