Last season’s third place finish is simply not good enough for a manager of Jose Mourinho’s quality. With that in mind, this summer has seen a series of big money deals at the bridge as Chelsea look to finish top of the tree this season.
The Brazilian turned Spaniard Diego Costa was the talk of European football last season. His 36 goals in 52 games were crucial to Atletico Madrid securing their first La Liga title since 1996 and his eight goals in Champions League helped take the Spanish side to the final.
Despite an extremely unimpressive World Cup, which saw his Spain side exit in the group stages, the 25-year-old secured his £32m move in mid July. Chelsea lacked a reliable goal scorer last season and the addition of a proven striker will make them a formidable force.
Once the darling of the Arsenal fans former Gooner Cesc Fabregas has made a controversial return to London. After leaving Arsene Wenger’s side in 2011 after eight years at the club, Fabregas moved to the club he played for as a child, Barcelona.
After three years at the club Fabregas was to make his return to the Premier League, despite Arsenal having first refusal on their former Captain the North London side weren’t interested and Chelsea signed the Spaniard.
Despite this, many Arsenal fans are angry that Fabregas chose to move to rivals Chelsea. Especially as, after a particularly heated League Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea in 2010, the midfielder was reported to have said “If I ever wear a Chelsea shirt, you have permission to kill me.”.
The king has returned. Last time Drogba pulled on a Chelsea shirt he scored a last minute equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final and with his last touch for the club he scored the winning penalty in the shootout.
Drogba spent six years at Chelsea scoring 100 goals before leaving to for a brief spell in China before joining Turkish side Galatasaray. At the end of last season the Ivory Coast international’s contract ran out and Chelsea offered him a one-year deal to return to Stamford Bridge.
At the ripe old age of 36 it’s unclear how big a part the tall front man will be able to play in Chelsea’s season but that won’t stop the fans being excited about seeing an old favourite wear the shirt again.
Mourinho has also seen fit to strengthen his side’s defence ahead of next season and to do this he has acquired the services of 28-year-old Filipe Luis. The left back, who also signs from Spanish Champions Atletico, cost Chelsea £15.8m.
This window has very much been a case of out with the old in with the new at Stamford Bridge as a few fan favourites have called time on their time at Chelsea.
After 13 years and 649 appearances for the blues the out-of-contract 35-year-old has left Chelsea for the MLS and New York City FC.
Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all time leading goal scorer with 211 goals, will always be a club legend but with the player well into the twilight of his career the time had come for him to leave Stamford Bridge for good.
Another one of the old guard who saw his contract at Chelsea run out this summer, the 33-year-old left back has moved to AS Roma.
After signing for Chelsea in 2006 Cole had a successful spell at the Bridge but, as it was for Lampard, the old must make way for the new.
Before the start of the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian defender made the switch across the channel to French club Paris Saint-Germain for the princely fee of £50m. By the end of the tournament, this was starting to look like an extremely astute piece of business by the London club.
When Brazil found themselves on the end of two high profile defeats, 7-1 to Germany and 3-0 to Holland, critics placed a large portion of the blame on David Luiz. Passionate but often out of position, Luiz was criticised by pundits as a player who may wear his heart on his sleeve, but left his brain in the dressing room.
When Lukaku signed for Chelsea for £12m at the tender age of 18 in 2011, he was billed as the next Didier Drogba. Tall, fast, strong and a lethal finisher, Chelsea fans had high hopes for the Belgium international.
Three years later, after two seasons on loan and just 10 appearances for Chelsea the frustrated forward is leaving the Bridge for Goodison Park for £28m. The fee has raised eyebrows but there is no doubting the potential of the now 21-year-old.
Who would have thought that the man that Lukaku was supposed to replace in 2011, Drogba, would be resigning to cover the hole left in the striking options three years later.
All things considered it’s been a good window so far for the blues. They’ve improved their striker options with the acquisition of a world class striker, improved in the middle and at the back. As for their sales, for Lukaku and Luiz they have certainly done good business making much more than many would have thought the two players were worth.
One things for certain, Mourinho is building a squad ready to challenge for the title.