Chelsea

Player By Player Chelsea Transfer Analysis

Players In

Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, Undisclosed)

Ramires (Benfica, Undisclosed)

Matej Delac (Zapresic, Undisclosed)

Players Out

Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid, Undisclosed)

Joe Cole (Liverpool, Free)

Deco (Fluminense, Undisclosed)

Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen, Free)

Scott Sinclair (Swansea, £500,000)

Seth Ofori-Twunasi (Peterborough United, Free)

Jack Cork (Burnley, Loan)

Franco Di Santo (Wigan, Loan)

Matej Delac (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)

Michael Mancienne (Wolves, Loan)

Nemanja Matic (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)

Slobodan Rajkovic (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan)

Ben Gordon (Kilmarnock, Loan)

Ryan Bertrand (Nottingham Forest, Loan)

Danny Philliskirk (Oxford United, Loan)

Rhys Taylor (Crewe, Loan)

Although the transfer dealings by manager Carlo Ancelotti haven’t been substantial this summer, Chelsea have be seemingly strengthened themselves considerably in key areas, getting rid of some of the deadwood from the squad in the process.

New signing Ramires joined from Portuguese club Benfica for an undisclosed fee and it is thought that the Brazilian will provide much needed pace in the Stamford Bridge attacking line, replacing the likes of Joe Cole and Deco who moved on to Liverpool and Fluminense respectively after being released by the club earlier in the summer.

In one of the most surprised deals of the summer, Yossi Benayoun moved to the West London club following a move from league rivals Liverpool. Many saw the deal as a rather strange move, with some fans believing he isn’t good enough for a starting place in the Chelsea line up. However, the Israeli impressed during his time on Merseyside, with a number of influential performances both in the league and in Europe, and could prove to be a strong addition to the Blues bench this season.

The biggest loss for the Chelsea squad this summer comes in its defensive line with Ricardo Carvalho moving to Spain to team up with former Blues manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

The 32 year old’s partnership with captain John Terry in recent years has been a key component in the clubs recent success and, although they have a strong replacement in Alex, it remains to be seem whether they can form a solid partnership and provide the necessary defensive cover that is needed to once again lift the Premier League trophy come the end of the season.

While Chelsea fans haven’t seen many new arrivals at the club, their unbelievable start in the attempt to retain their Premier League crown, with 6-0 victories over both West Brom and Wigan, proves that the Blues have more than enough in their squad to finish the season once again on the summit, as long as they can keep key players Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard fit throughout the campaign.

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