Chelsea transfer news: Completed summer deals - including Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas
A look at the players who have arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer and those who have departed
Monday 28 July 2014
In Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could only managed a third place finish in a trophy-less season.
Now with a couple of high-profile signings already, the Blues will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge, do well in the cups and compete in the Champions League too.
Cesc Fabregas - £30m from Barcelona
The former Arsenal midfielder’s stunning move from Barcelona could be just what Chelsea need. With club legend Frank Lampard off to Australia or 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.
Diego Costa - £32m from Atletico Madrid
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).
Mario Pasalic - Undisclosed from Hadjuk Split
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 club came third.
Felipe Luis - £15.8m from Atletico Madrid
The left-back signed a three-year deal after agreeing a move from the La Liga champions. The 28-year-old arrived to cover the departure of Ashley Cole.
Didier Drogba - Free from Galatasaray
Despite having left the club on perhaps the perfect note - scoring the winning penalty in a Champions League final - Drogba opted to return. He signed a one-year deal having been unable to resist the temptation to link up with Jose Mourinho once more.
Loic Remy - £10.5m from Queens Park Rangers
After Fernando Torres ended his hellish stay at Stamford Bridge with a loan move to AC Milan, Jose Mourinho's squad looked light up front with just Costa and Drogba. The Frenchman was Newcastle's best player last season, scoring 14 Premier League goals - he should provide a perfect second choice for Chelsea, at a reasonable price.
David Luiz - £50m to Paris Saint-Germain
Ashley Cole - Released to Roma
Sam Hutchinson - Free to Sheffield Wednesday
Frank Lampard - released to New York City FC
Wallace, Bertrand Traore, Josh McEachran - Loan to Vitesse Arnhem
Thorgan Hazard - Loan to Borussia Monchengladbach
Patrick van Aaonholt - Undisclosed to Sunderland
Demba Ba - £8m to Besiktas
Romelu Lukaku - £28m to Everton
Oriel Romeu - Loan to Stuttgart
Marko Marin - Loan to Fiorentina
Tomas Kalas - Loan to Cologne
Gael Kakuta - Loan to Rayo Vallecano
Ryan Bertrand - Loan to Southampton
Victor Moses – Loan to Stoke
Christian Atsu - Loan to Everton
Samuel Eto’o - Free to Everton
Henrique Hilario - retired
Mario Pasalic - Loan to Elche
Patrick Bamford, Jamal Blackman - Loan to Middlesbrough
Nathaniel Chalobah - Loan to Burnley
Fernando Torres, Marco van Ginkel - Loan to AC Milan
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