There are just a couple of weeks remaining in the transfer window and Chelsea have already addressed the biggest glaring issue in their squad heading into the 2021/22 season.
The signing of Romelu Lukaku last week is an emphatic response to the goal scoring problem that was very evident in the first six months of the Thomas Tuchel era, not that you would have known if during the opening day win over Crystal Palace.
After selling Tammy Abraham to Roma earlier this week for £36million, the Blues have almost recouped what they have shelled out on Lukaku this summer, £97.5million.
With a fortnight of the window to go, the Blues are expected to be active still. Incomings might be scarce but there is expected to be some departures between now and August 31 when the window shuts.
Despite it being a relatively slow transfer market this summer owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial impact that has had on some clubs in the mid-market, Marina Granovskaia has still been able to conduct her wizardry.
So, with that fortnight of the window remaining, what could happen between now and then?
As already mentioned, Chelsea are expected to be busy in the final two weeks of the summer transfer window despite having already had an exodus of sorts.
Abraham’s move to AS Roma was the latest permanent one to add to the outgoings. Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas) and Kenedy (Flamengo) have both departed on loan having signed one-year contract extensions at Chelsea to hold some resale value further down the line.
Emerson Palmieri is of interest to Lyon on loan this season, while another French club in Marseille are looking to hijack Genk’s move for striker Ike Ugbo.
AC Milan and Tiemoue Bakayoko has been a transfer rumour that has bounded around for some time and still hasn’t gone away, with the Frenchman looking likely to leave once again this summer.
Also in midfield, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley look to be on their way out to raise more funds for the Blues. Likewise Baba Rahman, Lewis Baker and also Kurt Zouma.
The Frenchman is of interest to West Ham still despite talks breaking down earlier this month over a move. Reports have also claimed that Spurs could be tempted to bring the centre half to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With Trevoh Chalobah hugely impressive against Palace last weekend, Zouma has found another player standing in his way to get in the side, as well as Thiago Silva set to return imminently too.
Chelsea have made their big splash this summer but there are still a couple of names doing the rounds in being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
You would imagine the Blues will want to shift some players on before they bring in anyone else, if they even want to that is.
Jules Kounde of Sevilla is a name that won’t go away and Monchi, Sevilla’s sporting director, has been busy spending money this summer as well to bolster the Spanish side’s squad.
With the emergence of Chalobah over pre-season and scoring a fantastic third goal for his side against Palace, there’s a bigger decision to be made than Tuchel might have originally thought with the academy graduate.
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Aurelien Tchouameni is the other name that is doing the rounds, a reported long-standing target of Chelsea this summer.
The Blues have plenty of midfielders on their books that they need to get rid of before they might consider signing the Monaco star.
Any incomings for the Blues is likely to go down right to the wire on August 31 but you do get the feeling that if this is all the business that Tuchel will have done this summer in terms of bringing players in, he will be more than happy.