Chelsea have been the biggest headline makers in this summer’s transfer window, breaking the bank for a plethora of high-profile talents that were expected to light up the Premier League.
However, that hasn’t exactly gone to plan as of yet, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are still waiting for their first league goals, Hakim Ziyech is yet to appear for the Blues, and Thiago Silva had a nightmare debut against West Brom.
Despite spending over £200m this summer, the Blues still have work to do.
It’s no secret that Frank Lampard has been in the market for a new defensive midfielder this summer, with rumours about Declan Rice cropping up consistently.
So, will Chelsea get their man before the deadline? We’ve had a go at predicting the Blues’ XI after Monday.
We think Chelsea could get their defensive midfielder, but we don’t think it’ll be Rice.
Indeed, links to Thomas Partey have been rife over the past few days, and with Arsenal’s interest in the 27-year-old Ghanaian supposedly cooling, all the signs seem to point towards Chelsea swooping in and completing a deal that could be worth €50m (£45m), which is reportedly Partey’s release clause.
This would take the London club’s spending to over £250m, making them by far and away the biggest spenders this window, barring a remarkable turn of events.
Away from that, we expect the Blues to remain relatively similar, Ziyech and Christian Pulisic come in after their injury issues, Chilwell holds onto his left-back spot after an impressive league debut and Kepa loses his role.
One more deal to keep an eye on is a potential move for Jorginho to Arsenal, with reports claiming that the Gunners are interested in the Italian.