Summarizing Chelsea's Transfer Activity
The 2nd of September 2013, transfer deadline day, an exciting time for all football fans. However for us Chelsea fans it was indeed DEADline day as there was no signings in for us today.
Over the course of the transfer window however Chelsea has actually been very busy with players coming in and also going out as well. Let’s start with the people coming into the club.
Marco Van Ginkel, 20, £9M
Signed from one of Chelsea’s affiliated clubs, Vitesse in Holland. Van Ginkel described himself while speaking to Chelsea TV as “A box-to-box player who covers a lot of meters and can score a goal” Striking comparisons have been made to Chelsea old boy Michael Ballack as well as Current England Internationals Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Andre Schrrrle, 22, £18M
Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Chelsea in his second reign. Bought from Bayern Leverkusen, Schurrle is mostly found on the left wing however he can play on the right as well as behind the striker and actually as the striker. He, himself has stated that he is a Chelsea fan and had the jersey as a boy with Lampard 8 on the back of it also stating one of the main reasons he choose Chelsea was the fact his hero, Michael Ballack, also play for the blues.
Willian, 25, £32M & Samuel Eto’o, 32, Free
Willian and Eto’o come from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala. Willian, like fellow summer signing Schurrle, can play anywhere in those three attacking midfielder roles behind the striker that Chelsea like to pay with. Samuel Eto’o is a goalscorer and us Chelsea fans will be hoping he bags a few this season, at 32 he is coming to the end of his career so the one year deal is a smart option.
Mark Schwarzer, 40, Free
Mark Schwarzer is one of the smartest bits of business done in the transfer market this summer. Signed as a free agent (after just finishing his contract with Fulham) He is finally the solid back up goalkeeper Chelsea have been screaming for since Carlo Cudicini moved on, he has plenty of premiership experience so he will have no problem adapting to the culture.
Christian Atsu, 21, £3.5M
Again another attacking midfielder signed for FC Porto. Atsu, as soon as he had signed, was put out on loan to Vitesse, probably the strangest of Chelsea signings this summer because once he comes back form this season out on loan it will create the dilemma of having too many attacking midfielders.
Cristian Cuevas, 18, £3M
Cuevas was signed from Chilean team O’Higgins after impressing on trial, which was in February. He can play either as a left back or left winger, like Atsu he was sent out on loan to Vitesse.
That was the transfers coming into the club, and for me, they clearly show an indication that Chelsea are looking to not only get a fix right now for the team but also trying to improve for the future. Now I’ll look at the transfers going out of the club.
Paulo Ferreira, 34, Retired
Paulo was at the club for nine years, and had won everything that was thrown his way in a Chelsea shirt. A true loyal servant for the club even when he was getting played and also helping the new signings settle into the club. I would like to wish Paulo all the happiness in the world n his retirement.
Florent Malouda, 33, Released
Florent spent six years at Chelsea and like Paulo had a successful career at the blues. His last season at Chelsea was not one to remember as he was frozen out of the first team plans and made to train with the under 21s. He has now signed a two year deal at Turkish club, Trabzonspor.
Yossi Benayoun, 33, Released
Signed as a player with a decent reputation after performing well at English clubs West Ham and Liverpool for a fee of around £5.5m. Yossi was never took to the hearts of the Chelsea fans and was eventually released after three years at the club.
Ross Turnbull, 28, Released
Ross was released after four years at Chelsea. He never really broke any barriers at Chelsea and was always a poor back up keeper. Signed for Doncaster Rovers
Jeffrey Bruma, 21, £2.5M
Jeffrey was always supposed to be the next best thing at Chelsea, however after not maturing into the defender Chelsea thought he would so he was sold to PSV. Chelsea however made sure they got a buy back clause put into his contract just in case he hits the form Chelsea expected of him.
The rest of the Chelsea outgoings have come in the form for season long loans and one has come from a five month loan:
- VICTOR MOSES – LIVERPOOL
- ROMELU LUKAKU – EVERTON
- THIBAUT COURTOIS – ATLETICO MADRID
- PATRICK VAN AANHOLT – VITESSE
- CRISTIAN CUEVAS – VITESSE
- LUCAS PIAZON – VITESSE
- GAEL KAKUTA – VITESSE
- CHRISTIAN ATSU – VITESSE
- ORIOL ROMEU – VALENCIA
- TODD KANE – BLACKBURN ROVERS
- MARKO MARIN – SEVILLA
- WALLACE – INTER MILAN
- PATRICK BAMFORD – MK DONS (5 MONTH LOAN)