Chelsea's lavish spending of around 600 million pounds in two transfer windows last season did not yield the desired results. The Blues had a dressing room overflowing with quality individuals and not enough minutes to prove themselves on the pitch. They'll be counting on new signings to come in and freshen things up ahead of the new Premier League season.
With the team ending 2022/2023 in the bottom half, owner Todd Boehly, made his third managerial appointment handing over the reins to Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine doesn't want a bloated squad and with no European football in the coming season, has asked for a massive cull in West London.
That has certainly been the case with the new Blues boss overseeing a massive overhaul of players leaving the club, as well as many coming through the door. The spending doesn't seem to be slowing down, and with Chelsea already breaking the British transfer record this summer to bring in Moises Caicedo, don't be surprised to see more incomings before the window closes.
The confirmed transfer ins and outs at Chelsea are as follows.
Chelsea signings: summer 2023 arrivals
- 0.1 Moisés Caicedo – Brighton
- 0.2 Roméo Lavia – Southampton
- 0.3 Lesley Ugochukwu – Rennes
- 0.4 Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig
- 0.5 Nicolas Jackson – Villareal
- 0.6 Robert Sánchez – Brighton
- 0.7 Axel Disasi – Monaco
- 0.8 Deivid Washinton – Santos
- 0.9 Angelo Gabriel – Santos
- 0.10 Cole Palmer – Manchester City
- 1 Paid transfers:
- 2 Loan Transfers:
- 3 Free Transfers:
Moisés Caicedo – Brighton
No better place to start than with the transfer saga that ended with Chelsea spending a British record £115m to bring Moisés Caicedo to the club. The tug of war between Brighton, Chelsea and Liverpool lasted a long time, but now the Blues have their man.
Caicedo is the perfect replacement for the likes of N’Golo Kante and a partnership alongside Enzo is going to be fascinating to watch. Still only 21, the sky's the limit for the Ecuadorian engine who has committed his future to Chelsea by signing an 8 year contract.
Roméo Lavia – Southampton
Another saga which ended with Liverpool again being pipped to the post by their West London nemesis. Roméo Lavia had offers on the table from both clubs and opted to sign for Chelsea, for a fee of around £60m.
On paper, Liverpool needed Lavia more as the Blues already look to have a set midfield partnership of Caicedo and Enzo, but Boehly and co clearly have a plan. Lavia is still only 19 and will need time to develop, with manager Pochettino known for his exceptional player development.
Adding Lavia to the squad also gives Chelsea more adaptability in formation as well as adding to the overall depth of the squad given the amount of departures this summer.
Lesley Ugochukwu – Rennes
Another teenage sensation has joined the Blues, with Rennes midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu adding to the youthful additions so far this summer at Stamford Bridge.
The 19 year old Frenchman is a true modern day midfielder who doesn't fit the mold of a traditional number 6 or 8. Despite his tall frame, his footwork and technical ability is immaculate and he provides Chelsea with something completely unique.
Of course there have been several arrivals in a similar position to Ugochukwu, meaning game time could be hard to come by, but he is definitely an exciting player for the future.
Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig
As the major success of the summer transfer window of 2023, Chelsea acquired the services of French striker Christopher Nkunku. The Blues have successfully inked a deal with the 2022/23 Bundesliga top goalscorer for a six-year contract.
In a mutually beneficial arrangement, RB Leipzig stands to gain £52 million in exchange for the 2022 Bundesliga Player of the Season. Nkunku is the first of the new Chelsea signings for this year.
Nkunku hasn't had much luck since joining, and currently sits on the treatment table as he nurses an injured knee. He underwent surgery and could be out for several months, adding to the frustration of the club who just purchased him.
Nicolas Jackson – Villareal
American owner Todd Boehly’s ambitions to bring the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge this year went as far as to equip up-and-coming Jackson with the blue jersey. Nicolas Jackson signed his professional contract with the Blues a few weeks ago after a massive €37m offer was made to his former club Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine’s fiscal troubles are no secret and the board had no option but to let their star player go. With the Spanish side, Nicolas Jackson had a tremendous 2022/23 season. He made 26 official appearances with Villarreal in La Liga, during which he bagged 12 goals and assisted on four occasions, earning five yellow cards and a direct red one in the process.
Chelsea are in dire need of a difference-maker up front and some are skeptical if the Senegalese striker is the right man for the job. We’ll just have to wait and see for the 22-year-old’s response, who has started brightly in his games so far.
Robert Sánchez – Brighton
On the 5th of August, Robert Sánchez decided to open a new chapter in his professional career. He switched Brighton for Chelsea as a result of a £25m bid for the 25-year-old’s services.
Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi made it clear that Jason Steele was now ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order, making a move away from the South Coast side inevitable.
Sánchez negotiated a seven-year contract with Todd Boehly’s club, which means the men in charge see Sánchez as one for the future.
During the 2022/23 Premier League season, Brighton finished 6th with barely 53 goals conceded throughout 38 league appearances. It was mainly thanks to Sánchez’s catlike reflexes that the Seagulls booked their tickets to Europa League, so snapping Sánchez on a £25m transfer is definitely a bargain.
Axel Disasi – Monaco
Ligue 1’s Monaco were one of the latest clubs to get an irresistible offer from Todd Boehly. The eight-time French champions are a talent-producing machine, and it’s no wonder why Chelsea’s scouting network peg Axel Disasi as the next big thing when it comes to defending.
At the age of 25, Axel Diasi is simultaneously young enough to have the best years of his professional career ahead of him and old enough to possess quite the experience under his belt.
Axel Disasi arrived at Stamford Bridge after Monaco received a whopping €45m for his services. He joins Chelsea on a six-year deal, which also suggests Mauricio Pochettino would like to have the powerful defender at his disposal in the long run.
With the long list of defensive injuries for Chelsea, Disasi is likely to walk straight into the first team, which comes with even more added pressure.
Deivid Washinton – Santos
Another one for Chelsea's army of “for the future” signings. Deivid Washinton is the latest recruit to join from Brazil. The 18-year-old joins Chelsea in a £17m deal, as of now Chelsea haven't decided if the youngster will go out on loan or remain as part of the clubs first team. Though, giving the number of signings it would be a surprise to see him stick around.
Angelo Gabriel – Santos
Angelo joined for around £15m this summer but will go straight out on loan for the 23/24 season. Angelo joins from Santos, alongside Deivid Washinton, though Angelo will be the one heading out on loan. Linking up with French Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. Angelo featured against Wrexham, Brighton and Fulham in Chelsea's United States pre-season tour.
Cole Palmer – Manchester City
Joining in a £45m deal, Cole Palmer is the latest young talent to move to the London club. The 21-year-old winger will make the switch, as he looks to force a place into a crowded Chelsea team. Chelsea manager Pochettino was keen to add another attacker after Christopher Nkunku picked up a bad injury on the opening day of the season. Palmer, who style is similar to that of current Chelsea man Raheem Sterling, will now come in to cover that void.
Chelsea's transfer departures:
Kai Havertz – Arsenal
Chelsea may have spent hundreds of millions on new signings, but the club is just as involved in selling as well. Kai Havertz is undoubtedly the most interesting name that pops on our radar, as the 24-year-old German player makes the switch to North London to join Arsenal.
Havertz will be strutting his stuff at Emirates Stadium in the next couple of years. According to Arsenal’s website, the contract duration is a long-term one. However, the transfer fee is no secret and it is a surprising one.
You’d be right to call Havertz a transfer disappointment for Chelsea, despite his Champions League final goal, so getting €75 back was a no brainer for the Blues.
Don’t rule out the German yet though, who will be used in a very different way under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
Mason Mount – Manchester United
Todd Boehly deemed fan-favorite Mount as surplus to requirements, which is why the England international will now travel north to join the Red Devils of Manchester United.
Manchester United valued him at €64.20m and there wasn’t much negotiating left to do, as this amount of money is more than acceptable to Chelsea who are doing their best to part ways with as many players they deem unnecessary as possible.
Fans were dismayed after this move, but in the long run this should work out for Mount, who has an opportunity to prove himself to the club that let him go.
Mateo Kovačić – Manchester City
Out of all players that left Chelsea this summer, Mateo Kovačić is probably the one that’ll have to prove his worth the most in the 2023/24 season. The 29-year-old signed his contract with Manchester City after Ilkay Gundogan joined Catalan giants Barcelona.
Now, it’s up to the Croatian box-to-box midfielder to fill in the gap. He’ll have to do his best to prove that the £25m spent on him is well worth it. Pep Guardiola was very keen on Kovačić and it will be interesting to see how he fits into the forever evolving tactical plans of the Spanish manager.
Kalidou Koulibaly- Al-Ahli
After being chased by Chelsea for over four years, Kalidou Koulibaly is leaving after spending just one year in West London. The towering central defender has joined Al-Hilal and will net £28 million-a-year for his services. It is a bumper pay deal for the Senegalese international who at 32 is at the tail end of his illustrious career.
A move that didn't work out for either the player or the club, but with Chelsea looking to free up funds, both parties can move on and prosper.
Édouard Mendy – Al-Ahli
Adding to the list of Chelsea players making their way to the Saudi league, Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy is set to join the ranks of Al-Ahli.
Esteemed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano was first to confirm that Chelsea had reached a verbal agreement with Al-Ahli for Mendy's transfer. The deal entails Mendy being contracted to the Saudi club for the upcoming three years.
Mendy definitely played an important role in his time in West London, but with the club clearly going into a new era, this move made sense.
Christian Pulisic – AC Milan
The USA captain is another signing that never quite lived up to expectations at Chelsea. After joining from Borussia Dortmund back in 2019 for a €60m fee, Pulisic has found consistency hard to come by, as well as dealing with a number of injury problems.
Still only 24, the winger has a chance to start fresh with AC Milan, where he should get more minutes and hopefully prove himself on the European stage alongside ex-Blues teammates Loftus-Cheek and Tomori.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – AC Milan
Another player heading for the red side of Milan is Cobham graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who leaves Stamford Bridge permanently after almost 20 years with the club. Loftus-Cheek, now 27, joined the blues as an 8 year old and is an example of how there is a pathway to the first team through the academy.
Injuries certainly held the classy midfielder back over his Chelsea career, but similar to Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek has a clean slate in Milan to help further his career. The recent success of Englishmen going to the Serie A is a good sign that this move will be positive for all.
Ethan Ampadu – Leeds United
Another academy graduate has left the club after many loan spells away, with Welsh international Ethan Ampadu joining Leeds United for a fee of around £8m.
A player who saw first team action hard to come by as he came up through the Blues ranks, with loans being the status quo for Ampadu. Leeds United is a great move for the versatile Welshman, who can hopefully push on and get some regular stable playing time under his belt.
Hakim Ziyech – Galatasaray
Facing challenges in securing a consistent role at Chelsea during the previous season, Hakim Ziyech has made the decision to depart from Stamford Bridge.
After a failed loan move to PSG in the January transfer window, the Moroccan international has reached an agreement with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The move is initially a loan but will be made permanent next summer, with this deal certainly suiting both parties. Ziyech will be linking up with former Premier League winger Wilfried Zaha, which could make for an exciting partnership out wide.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – Real Madrid
Rumours suggested Kepa Arrizabalaga may be kept as Pochettino’s number 1 this season, but with the recent injury to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid, and the Blues purchase of Robert Sanchez, Kepa has been allowed to leave the club on loan.
Madrid now get a short term replacement in the wake of Courtois’ injury, with Robert Sanchez now nailed on to be Chelsea’s number 1 keeper going into the rest of this season.
Lewis Hall – Newcastle
After many thought that 18 year old Lewis Hall was going to join Crystal Palace on loan, Newcastle have come in and secured a loan deal with an obligation to buy. Chelsea should get around £30m for Hall next season, with this deal further highlighting the success of the Cobham academy.
Fans will be slightly disappointed that the versatile youngster didnt get more time, but with Chelsea looking to balance the books, Newcastle’s offer was too good to turn down.
Hall now has Champions League football at St James Park to look forward to.
Gabriel Slonina – KAS Eupen
19 year old goalkeeper “Gaga” Slonina is heading out on loan, this time to Belgian club KAS Eupen, after joining the Blues from Chicago Fire in 2022.
Another American international on the books and a name to throw in the hat alongside many of the promising keepers coming through at Chelsea.
David Datro Fofana – Union Berlin
After joining Chelsea in January of this year, David Datro Fofana is heading to German side Union Berlin for a season long loan.
The Ivorian forward is only 20 years old and will get quality minutes in a top European league, not to mention the Champions League too after Union Berlin qualified for this year's competition. One to keep an eye on this season for the Blues fans.
Ângelo – Strasbourg
Brazilian winger Angelo only joined Chelsea earlier this summer from Santos, but is now heading out on loan to Ligue 1 side Strasbourg.
The 18-year-old will get a chance to prove himself at a top level and will have far more first-team opportunities than he would with Chelsea this season. The recruitment this summer by Chelsea has been interesting, with the club clearly seeing potential in this new era of young players coming out of Brazil.
N’golo Kante – Al- Ittihad
Among the several high-profile players linked with a move to the Saudi League, N'Golo Kante has officially joined Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia.
After spending eight years at Stamford Bridge, Kante signed a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad. According to reports, the new contract will earn the French striker £86 million per year. The French world cup winner missed most of last season due to injuries, managing only seven Premier League appearances.
Tiemoué Bakayoko – Without Club
Chelsea officially released Tiemoué Bakayoko following the expiration of his contract. Despite arriving for a substantial fee of £40 million, the French midfielder only managed 43 appearances during his time with the Blues. Struggling to make a significant impact, Bakayoko was sent on loan for five successive years.
César Azpilicueta – Atlético Madrid
A true Chelsea legend, known to the Blues fans as “Dave”, club captain César Azpilicueta leaves the club after over a decade of service.
The Spaniard won all there is to win with the West London club, and now heads to Madrid to join up with defensive master Diego Simeone at Atletico. The 33 year old will be forever loved by Blues fans who will be wishing him well on his new venture.
Abdul Rahman Baba – PAOK
Many fans may have forgotten that Baba Rahman was still on the books at Chelsea, but he has finally left the club on a permanent basis to join Greek side PAOK.
The left back joined the Blues back in 2015 but never really got his chance in the first team. After 6 loan spells away from the club, Rahman finally has a chance to settle down at a new club and get some stable first team football.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Marseille
A disappointing spell at Chelsea has come to an end for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who now heads back to France to join Marseille.
This brings an end to Aubamayeng’s time in English football, which ended rather sourly with his Chelsea career never really getting going. Chelsea now have a large chunk of wages off the books and the Gabon international can hopefully get more regular playing time in a division he spent time at in his early career.
Certainly a player that never lived up to his potential, but hopefully will be picked up by a club willing to give him consistent minutes and help further his career.
For now, those are all the ins and outs at Chelsea this summer, but with how Boehly and the rest of the hierarchy have been operating, you can expect plenty more moves to be made before the end of this summer transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku – AS Roma (loan)
The 30-year-old striker will spend another season away from Chelsea, opted to head to Italy for another season. Lukaku joins AS Roma after Poch made it clear he wasn't in his plans for the new season. Having signed for Chelsea back in 2021 for £97.5m and it's been a disaster for the London club ever since. With three years left on his contract, Chelsea had hoped to sell Lukaku to the Saudi Pro League, however, Lukaku rejected multiple approaches.
Lukaku will now head to AS Roma, linking back up with Jose Mourinho once again. Lukaku scored 10 goals last season in 25 appearances for Inter Milan.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – Nottingham Forest
Calling time on his 16 years with Chelsea, the 22-year-old has made a permanent move to Nottingham Forest. Costing just £3m, rising to £5m with add-ons, Callum Hudson-Odoi is mostly moving on to save on wages. Playing over 100 times for Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi will now look to rebuild his career at Forest.