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The positive Chelsea transfer window saw the team increase and keep the key players

The positive Chelsea transfer window saw the team increase and keep the key players

Even by Chelsea standards, it was a casual summer. On the managerial front, Antonio Conte started the pre-championship training despite being on the edge of an exit, while the club struggled to secure Maurizio Sarri even if Napoli had already nominated his substitute. As for the transfers, there was no "announces of a new signing until Jorginho arrived in mid-July. Factor of confusion about the future of three key players and the usual deadline and it has been a chaotic week. However, with the window now closed until January, Chelsea can reconsider a job well done. Even if the decisions taken may not have been quick, they have been clearly and clearly executed. Once Thibaut Courtois had his heart ready for a return to Spain, the energies were moved to the safety of one of the most popular young European porters. The £ 71.6 million pound for Kepa Arrizabalaga is absurd for someone with a single international cap and who has never played in a European competition, but fills an area of ​​necessity and securing a seven-year agreement means that will retain a significant transfer value for a long time. The fun part of the Chelsea goalkeeper's trading, however, came through the sweetener offered by Real Madrid in the deal that brought Courtois to the Santiago Bernabeu. The loan agreement for the class midfielder Mateo Kovacic seems a smart deal. It will have implications for the future of Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, but the 24-year-old Kovacic is a considerable upgrade for both. Jorginho, added to the princely sum of £ 50 million, has already added another cut to Chelsea and, while the midfield seemed fragile in the defeat of Community Shield in Manchester City, the future prospects are brighter. A trio of Jorginho, Kovacic and N & # 39; Golo Kante seems to have the right mix of crafts, energy and steel while the competition is assured by Ross Barkley, Cesc Fabregas and the return Ruben Loftus-Cheek should keep things fresh. In addition to the new additions, Chelsea's best deal was made to keep the players at the club. Courtois could have left, but maintaining his services would have been a hard battle, given his not too subtle openings in Madrid and the fact that his two children lived in the Spanish capital. More important for the immediate future was to ensure that Eden Hazard remained at Stamford Bridge. The post seemed to be more difficult after playing Belgium at the World Cup but, not the kind of court controversy, Hazard did not try to force the hand of his club although he made it clear that he would welcome the possibility to represent Real Madrid. the suggestions that Chelsea would require a world record share have meant that European champions think twice about offers. Of course, the early deadline in England only applies to incoming transfers and there is still time for the situation to change before the end of August; for now, the most talented football player in the Premier League is still a Chelsea player. If there's anyone else as basic as Hazard, it's Kante. The dynamo of the midfield was imperious because France won the World Cup, which meant that subsequent interest rates of Real Madrid and PSG seemed both natural and (extremely) worrying. Nothing has materialized, but Chelsea fans hope that the modest star soon signs a new lucrative contract. William's fractured relationship with Conte suggested that his days in the west of London were numbered, but the appointment of a new manager and some kind words from other clubs saw the Brazilian international change his mind, which will be a great relief for the overwhelming majority of supporters. There are still question marks in both full-back positions, after passing to a behind four, and in the middle-ahead. In general, however, the prospects for the new campaign are promising regarding the composition of the team. After all, only a couple of weeks ago the Blues faced the possibility of arguably losing their three top players. So how it is, everyone will be available when Chelsea visits Huddersfield on Saturday, if deemed fit enough to take part. Along with clever additions to the team, this must be considered a window of positive transfer and a rare victory for a highly defamed management board.
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