Didier Drogba-Free Transfer
Frank Lampard-Free Transfer
Ashley Cole-Free Transfer
Chelsea have had what can only be described as the near perfect transfer window. Jose Mourinho was often eager to point out last season that the team he had taken over from long-time adversary Rafa Benitez, was by no means his own. Over the course of his first twelve months back at Stamford Bridge he made subtle changes and additions of his own to kick-start a new Chelsea, but this summer has seen the most reconstructive work.
David Luiz, a player Mourinho clearly didn’t trust to play either as a central defender or holding midfielder went to PSG for £50million. It was a deal which gave Chelsea all kinds of freedom with regards to UEFA’s Financial Fair Player regulations. Next to go were club stalwarts Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, who were ready for change.
Romelu Lukaku was ideally a player Chelsea would have liked to have kept and developed, but the player was keen to move and £28 million for a striker who had never scored a competitive goal for Chelsea was an offer not to be turned down.
Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been Chelsea’s two main arrivals and they already characterise the new look Chelsea. Costa is Didier Drogba’s replacement, albeit a number of years later than many would have liked. The Spaniard gives Chelsea a real edge up front and a desire to not only score goals, but have an impact in other areas of the pitch.
Fabregas is the craftsmen, he keeps the team ticking over and has already provided numerous assists, including a mind boggling pass to set up Andre Schurrle’s goal against Burnley.
Mourinho has now surrounded him with players he has chosen, whom he can mould and get the best out of. For the first time in a number of years Chelsea start the season as title favourites, with a net spend of just £8.6million.
2. Bayern Munich
Sebastian Rode-Free Transfer
Robert Lewandowski-Free Transfer
Daniel van Buyten-Retired
As if Bayern Munich were not already strong enough, manager Pep Guardiola has seen fit to furnish his already luxurious team with a brand new striker. The undoubtedly world-class Robert Lewandowski, for free. After playing the waiting game with the Polish forward for just under 18 months, Bayern finally have their man giving them supreme quality up front.