Big-money signings have been made and several departures sanctioned as Frank Lampard attempts to mould his squad into one capable of, at the very least, closing the gap to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
Yet Chelsea still have plenty of players to move off their books before the window closes at 11pm on Monday night. There may even be one or two outgoings that leave fans disappointed.
So who could depart Chelsea on deadline day?
For the second successive summer, Bayern Munich are making a big push to sign arguably Chelsea’s most exciting academy graduate.
A little more than twelve months ago the German club were left disappointed in their pursuit and Hudson-Odoi would go on to sign a new five-year deal with the Blues as he recovered from an Achilles injury.
There is little doubt the winger’s 2019/20 campaign was impacted by that injury. Hudson-Odoi’s game lacked the explosiveness that characterised his early performances for the Blues, and some supporters were critical of the 19-year-old.
Hudson-Odoi has already looked sharper this term but has yet to convince Lampard that he deserves a run in the side after the arrivals of Timo Werner , Kai Havertz , and the currently injured Hakim Ziyech .
That is why Bayern have reignited their interest. According to The Athletic , the German side made a season-long loan offer to Chelsea which included an option to make the deal permanent for a fee in excess of £70million.
That was turned down by the Blues. But Bayern are prepared to make a second bid on deadline day and head coach Hansi Flick spoke glowingly about Hudson-Odoi this weekend.
“He is one of the greatest talents in that position. He can play wide and as a No 10 so it’s entirely legitimate that we at Bayern Munich are interested in him.”
Lampard stated after Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace that he could not definitively rule out Hudson-Odoi leaving Stamford Bridge.
Yet one comfort for Blues supporters is, per The Athletic, the England international will not push for a move away.
But then in a charity game against New England Revolution in May 2019, one held before that season’s Europa League final, the England international ruptured his Achilles tendon.
It was an injury which kept Loftus-Cheek out of action for ten months. And just as he was about to return, the Premier League was suspended due to Covid-19.
By the time he made his comeback against Aston Villa in June, 13 months had passed. Understandably, Loftus-Cheek was rusty and that was the case over the remaining post-lockdown fixtures.
It was hoped undertaking pre-season would enable Loftus-Cheek to regain his sharpness. Yet he still looked off the pace when handed a start against Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea’s season opener.
He hasn’t featured for the Blues in the Premier League since, and the club are prepared to let him leave on loan before the transfer window closes.
Southampton are reportedly interested and a switch to the south coast may allow Loftus-Cheek to play the games he desperately needs in order to get his career back on track.
The German centre-back spent most of the summer playing agent for Chelsea, helping convince compatriots Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to move to Stamford Bridge.
He then started Chelsea’s season opener at Brighton and at that point it looked unlikely the centre-back would leave Stamford Bridge.
But then he was left out of the match-day squad against Liverpool. And West Bromwich Albion. And Crystal Palace. The message was clear: Rudiger was expendable.
The 27-year-old will be allowed to leave on loan if he signs an extension to his contract which has two years to run. Tottenham have been linked, but Lampard does not want Rudiger sent to a top-six rival, according to Sky Sports .
There is reported interest in Rudiger from PSG, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona and clubs in Germany. A departure before the window closes is likely.
The moment Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus, the future of Jorginho at Stamford Bridge has been in doubt.
Yes, he has been a regular under Lampard, But it should not be forgotten that he watched on from the sidelines for the majority of the post-lockdown fixtures.
A switch to Juventus was constantly mooted last term, but Sarri’s departure at the end of the campaign ended that interest.
In the past week, however, there have been reports that Arsenal will make a move for the 28-year-old on deadline day after failing to land Houssem Aouar.
It is certainly a deal to watch with interest.
No matter the coach, one thing has always been clear about Alonso : he is far, far better as a wing-back than a full-back.
It’s why Lampard has never been entirely sold on the Spaniard and why he was so intent on bringing in Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this summer.
The England international’s heel injury did give Alonso a stay of execution in the starting XI, but after a horror show against West Brom in which he committed mistakes for two goals, was hauled off at half time, and then had a post-game bust-up with Lampard , his time at Stamford Bridge was over.
Alonso was omitted from the squad against Tottenham in midweek and against Crystal Palace and will be allowed to leave, either permanently or on loan, if the right offer is made.
Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan have been linked with the 29-year-old throughout the summer and a deal may be struck on deadline day.
Chelsea’s other untrusted left-back.
Much like Alonso, poor defensive performances last season saw Lampard lose faith in the Italian and a move away from Stamford Bridge has been expected for much of the transfer window.
Inter Milan are keeping an eye on his situation and if they don’t land Alsono, an offer for Emerson may materialise. West Ham United were also linked with a loan move earlier this summer.
This one will not come as a surprise to Chelsea supporters. Sarr joined the Blues on a free transfer earlier this summer after leaving Nice at the end of his contract.
In their statement announcing his signing, Chelsea stated the 21-year-old would be loaned out this season. That has yet to take place, but it should happen on deadline day,
French side St Etienne and Serie A club Sampdoria have been linked with the centre-back.
The French midfielder has never lived up to the £40m Chelsea paid Monaco in 2017 to sign him, and he is expected to embark on his third loan move in three seasons.
Bakayoko was tipped to make a return to AC Milan, where he spent the 2018/19 campaign, but a loan move to Napoli has since emerged.
He would link up with former Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso in Naples, an intriguing prospect given the two had a combustible relationship at San Siro.
“Anybody can insult me, but we’ll meet afterwards and look eye to eye,” Gattuso said about Bakayoko after the midfielder swore in the Italian’s direction during a win over Bologna in May 2019.
“I want to speak to him in the change room and in my language, which I can’t do on TV.
“At the end of the year we will give report cards, like in school, and we will see who has behaved well and who has behaved badly.”
The midfielder arrived at Chelsea in the same transfer window as Bakayoko and he has endured just as miserable a time.
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Drinkwater featured sporadically under Conte, was frozen out by Sarri, and was loaned out last summer after failing to win over Lampard.
A spell at Burnley ended in ignomy – his season-long loan was cut short in January and he spent three months injured after an incident at a nightclub – and a temporary switch to Aston Villa saw Drinkwater head-butt teammate Jota in training.
Drinkwater, who was also convicted of drink-driving in April 2019, opened up on his struggles in an interview with The Telegraph earlier this summer.
“I’ve got loads more to give,” he said. “I’m open to going abroad, even though it will be difficult with my son. But I would hope to still see him and, hopefully, he would understand that for a year I needed to get my career sorted out again.
“I need an anchor and I need to sort out one side of my life, so if I can sort my football out, even if it is abroad, then that will help in the long term. I need something to grasp.”
Drinkwater may be handed that opportunity. According to reports in Spain , Valencia are considering a loan move for the former England international.