SPORT: Caicedo signs, Lavia joins, Olise deal – Chelsea’s dream end to the summer transfer window

football.london takes a look at what could be considered the ‘dream’ end to Chelsea’s 2023 summer transfer window in what has been another really busy period for the club.

The 2023/24 Premier League season is now underway and we are now about 24 hours away from seeing Chelsea back in action under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino...CONTINUE READING

The Argentine will be determined to turn the club’s on-pitch fortunes around in his debut season at Stamford Bridge after what was a dismal 2022/23 campaign. No European football for Chelsea means there will be extra focus on the Premier League this season and their first test is an incredibly difficult one against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Even though Pochettino and the players’ sole focus will be on the test Liverpool will bring, there is no getting away from what is happening behind the scenes in the transfer window. It is dominating the online world, as it does every summer, with Chelsea particularly prominent with their business once again under the ownership of Todd Boehly.

So, with that being said, football.london takes a look at what would be considered the ‘dream’ conclusion to this transfer window from a Chelsea point of view…
Chelsea’s dream end to the window

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IN: Moises Caicedo (Brighton), Michael Olise (Crystal Palace), Giorgio Mamardashvili (Valencia), Romeo Lavia (Southampton)

OUT: Conor Gallagher, Trevoh Chalobah, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech

All of the talk over the last couple of days has been about Chelsea and Liverpool battling it out to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton. The Reds saw a £110million offer for the 21-year-old accepted in the early hours of Friday morning, but the midfielder never agreed on personal terms with the Merseyside-based club, football.london understands.

Caicedo made it clear from the start that he favoured a move to west London and to Chelsea. And Chelsea now look set to finally get the man they have been after for the majority of the summer transfer window. Finally, the saga looks to be over.

If Chelsea can indeed complete the deal and bring Caicedo to the Bridge, then that will be the dream outcome for all of the supporters who have been so tightly invested in what has turned into a massive drama. Needless to say, he goes straight into the Chelsea XI and instantly improves the side.

Also, Romeo Lavia is expected to sign from Southampton. Chelsea are extremely confident they can bring the Belgium international to the club after positive negotiations with the Saints on Friday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, Michael Olise from Crystal Palace is someone Chelsea are seriously interested in now and are considering making a move for the talented Frenchman. The 21-year-old winger still has three years remaining on his contract at the Eagles but is keen to move on from Selhurst Park this summer.

Manchester City also hold a keen interest in Olise, but at the moment, Chelsea have done more groundwork than the Premier League champions and are set to open talks with Palace soon. Contact has already been made between Chelsea and Olise’s entourage and football.london understands the French winger is keen on moving to west London.

Chelsea are open to allowing Kepa Arrizabalaga to leave the club following the arrival of Robert Sanchez from Brighton. Kepa is of interest to Bayern Munich, who would look to take him on an initial season-long loan deal with the option to buy, something Chelsea are thought to be open to accepting.

If this does indeed happen, then it is set to trigger Chelsea into action in the goalkeeper department. The club’s top target looks to be Giorgio Mamardashvili from Valencia after studying the Georgia international intensely towards the end of last season.

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The Blues had scouts presents at multiple Valencia matches and were impressed with what they saw from Mamardashvili. The 22-year-old has been a target for Bayern Munich, too, this summer, but it seems Thomas Tuchel’s side have moved onto other options now.

Conor Gallagher is still expected to be sold, football.london understands. The England international has plenty of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League, including Tottenham. Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou is understood to be a huge admirer of Gallagher and it is a move that could be visited later in the window, especially when you consider the huge cash injection they are about to get from Bayern for Harry Kane.

Trevoh Chalobah could also be offloaded before the summer transfer window closes. football.london has reported throughout the summer that the 24-year-old defender is open to leaving Chelsea but will not actively push for a move away from the club. The feeling is mutual, too, with the Blues open to offers after the signing of Axel Disasi recently….CONTINUE READING