The last day of the summer transfer window, and it was filled up with anticipation and hype with the potential of big money transfers going through.
However, for Chelsea fans, it was a day of up and downs. Frustrations left right, and centre. But towards the end of the day, relief was the general feeling
At the start of the day, we were hit with not just one piece of bad news but two. The transfer that looked so near of Oxlade-Chamberlain, had completed his move to Liverpool. Another wing-back missed out on. Chelsea had other options in mind as seen later on.
Then, long-term target, Swansea forward Fernando Llorente who looked set to join Chelsea and reunite with Antonio Conte, was heading to North London, to Tottenham. A fee had been agreed between the two clubs, something Chelsea couldn’t do, until they matched Spurs’ offer. By then, it was too late.
Speculation about a potential move for Riyad Mahrez. Some reports saying he had joined. However, those reports and those reporting them backtracked, and there was indeed not going to be a deal.
However things got better for Chelsea. Reports from Italy, suggested the Blues were in advanced negotiations for Torino wing-back Davide Zappacosta. He travelled to London and in the late hours of the window, he was announced a Chelsea player.
Whilst this deal was being finalised, another long-term target Danny Drinkwater was still being worked on. Chelsea and Leicester spent all day trying to come to an agreement and it was finally agreed.
Drinkwater was already in Surrey at this point waiting for permission to undergo the medical!
Everything was reliant on Leicester to bring in a replacement and they lined one up. Adrien Silva of Sporting Lisbon.
Chelsea got the deal done, just in time, with help with the ‘deal sheet’ window and at around 1:30 in the morning, Drinkwater was unveiled as a Chelsea player.
But in the mix of all this, Ross Barkley was on the verge of joining Chelsea. Everything had been agreed between the two clubs, personal terms and the fee which was around £35 million, according to the Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who spoke to Sky Sports News.
However, a last-minute decision made Barkley turn down the deal, suggesting he wanted to reconsider his role at Everton. The Everton owner said he went to the medical however from Ross Barkley’s camp, they said no medical had been taken.
Chelsea look set to renew their interest in January, who will be significantly cheaper, due to the English midfielder only having six months left on his contract.
Not so in the headline deals, saw Nathan, Fikayo Tomori, Jordan Houghton and several other youngsters depart out on loan.
We wait for the Spanish window to close today, which could see Diego Costa and Loic Remy to potentially leave the club.
All in all, it was day full of twists and turns. Some fans will be disappointed, but it wasn’t a bad day for Chelsea.