This summer’s international window has come to a close with Chelsea ’s expenditure trumping the rest of the Premier League.
While the likes of Burnley did not spend a penny on transfer fees, Chelsea’s outlay topped £250million.
Fringe players and neglected first-teamers were also sent out on loan late on in the window, in order to recoup some of the funds expunged on new arrivals.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley secured Premier League loans for the season, but Frank Lampard will be disappointed he could not find a temporary home for the likes of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri.
German international defender Antonio Rüdiger also looks set to leave west London at the next available opportunity. At present the chances of him featuring in the ensuing months between now and the opening of the January window appear slim.
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Chelsea defender could be loaned out in January
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge with the signing of Ben Chilwell, and may find himself shipped out on loan this winter.
Sport Mediaset, via Sempre Inter report that Inter boss Antonio Conte is keen to bring Alonso to San Siro in January, in order to supplement his wide options.
Alonso may be angling for a route out of Chelsea after a spat with Frank Lampard at half-time during the 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion saw him substituted as the team trailed 3-0.
Alonso has not featured since, and with Chilwell’s return to fitness, does not appear likely to regain his place in the first-team fold.
Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri was also reportedly a target for Conte, but Alonso may be his first choice, given how regularly he featured under the Italian in 2016.
Flick cautioned over public interest in Chelsea teen
Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has been casually reprimanded for his conduct in front of the media towards the end of the transfer window.
TZ report Flick’s public admiration of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was at odds with the German club’s hierarchy, who prefer to do their business out of the watchful eye of football fans and journalists.
Clearly, Bayern remain interested by the prospect of signing the 19-year-old, who they have tailed for the best part of 12 months. However, a move in that period has failed to materialise, despite suggestions of £70m bids being leveraged.
As long as Hudson-Odoi struggles for regular game time at Stamford Bridge, the more he will be linked with a potential move to the Champions League winners, especially considering Flick and the club’s veneration is no longer under wraps.
Germany boss reveals Chelsea transfer wish
Antonio Rüdiger’s national team manager Joachim Löw has lifted the lid on Chelsea’s attempts to sell the Germany defender this summer.
Löw revealed in his Germany press conference that Rüdiger “tried everything” to arrange a move away from Stamford Bridge, but did not manage to do so.
“I was in constant contact with Toni Rüdiger, he was keeping me in the loop. He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately, nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter,” the 60-year-old said.
He indicated that a move in January could be in the offing, which suggests the German defender has been informed he is no longer needed at the club.