Chelsea mid-summer report: Who has signed, what transfer targets remain?
A look at the club's pre-season plans and what the season ahead might bring
With the World Cup over, attention turns to the upcoming Premier League season. Last year, Jose Mourinho came extremely close to delivering the Premier League title in his first season back in England.
Though he would deny it, and for all the talk of being a 'little horse' in the title race, Chelsea had a great chance to win it all last season, but were let down by failing to get results against weaker opposition in the final stages of the season.
Brilliant wins against Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal became meaningless when the Blues failed to break down Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland, dropping points that were so costly.
Misfiring strikers took the brunt of the blame, but Chelsea's lack of creativity during that run-in was also apparent. Mourinho has moved quickly this summer to bring in two world class talents that should ease the scoring burden, but is still looking additions in defence and to his squad.
Here, we take a look at those who have arrived at the club, who might still be on their way and a look at their pre-season plans.
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32m)
Chelsea’s misfiring trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba combined for just 19 goals last season – Diego Costa scored 27 all by himself. Though he was injured towards the end of the season and struggled at the World Cup, Costa proved last term he is one of the world’s best in front of goal. The Blues have not had anyone score 20 Premier League goals since they won the Double in 2010 (Didier Drogba scored 29). Chelsea need new £32m striker Diego Costa to deliver them goals next year
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £30m)
The former Arsenal midfielder’s stunning move from Barcelona could be just what Chelsea need. With club legend Frank Lampard off to Australia and the USA, Fabregas will become the main man in the middle of the park. Whether he plays deep next to Nemanja Matic or in a more advanced role, Chelsea’s attackers will benefit from having someone with the vision of the Spaniard.
Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, undisclosed)
The teenager has only had one season in senior football but was so impressive in Croatia he almost made Niko Kovac’s World Cup squad. The 19-year-old has an eye for goal notching 11, along with five assists, as the cub came third.
Possible new arrivals?
The Blues are this year foregoing a major trip outside of the EU in favour of staying closer to home. They will play lower league opposition in Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon before heading on a European trip to Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. They then play Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge just four days before travelling to Burnley for their Premier League opener.
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