Chelsea made six acquisitions during the summer transfer window. Some are familiar names, others less so. So, what do we know about Chelsea’s new signings?
Willy Caballero was Chelsea’s first summer signing, announced on July 1st.
Caballero arrives having been out of contract at Manchester City. He will add strength to our goalkeeper resources following the departure of Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.
The 35-year-old has a wealth of experience at the highest level. He spent the past three seasons at City, having started his career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina before playing for Spanish clubs Elche and Malaga.
Caballero said: ‘I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.’
Antonio Rudiger joined Chelsea from Italian side Roma on 9 July 2017.
The 24-year-old signed a five-year contract and was given the No.2 shirt.
Shortly after signing the defender said: ‘It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this.
‘I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.’
Rudiger arrives at Stamford Bridge having acquired European experience in both the Champions League and Europa League.
He featured frequently for Germany at youth level and made his debut for the senior side in a friendly against Poland in May 2014.
Having been called up to the reigning world champions’ Euro 2016 squad, Rudiger subsequently missed the tournament through injury but he was a key performer in Germany’s recent Confederations Cup victory in Russia. He was part of the defence which kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Chile in the final.
He is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph the previous season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.
A France international, he is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football.
Bakayoko, who signed a five-year contract, said: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.
Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday.
He signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals. He made great strides after former Blue Claude Makelele joined Monaco as a technical director in January 2016.
At an international level, Bakayoko was a member of the junior France team that finished runners-up at the 2014 Toulon Tournament. He made his senior international debut for France against Spain in March 2017, playing alongside N’Golo Kante.
Alvaro Morata is Chelsea’s club record signing with the transfer fee potentially rising to £70 million.
A strong, quick and skilful forward adept at leading the line and bringing his team-mates into play, Morata’s movement on and off the ball make him a constant threat to opposition defenders, whether he is running at speed from deep or looking to strike in the 18-yard box.
His goals come in all forms – outstanding long-range efforts, poachers’ finishes, headers and one-on-ones. He is also comfortable on either foot.
Upon completing his transfer, Morata said: ‘I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.’
Before transfer deadline day, Davide Zappacosta was a name hardly linked with the Club.
The 25-year-old can play at wing-back or full-back and has been capped by Italy. He has signed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Zappacosta said: ‘It is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League. I am very excited to be here and start working with the team. I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.’
Zappacosta possesses a combination of defensive and attacking qualities and is a fine crosser of the ball from a wide-right position. His energy and stamina enable him to get forward for 90 minutes and recover quickly when defending. He is quick and composed in one-on-one situations and times his tackles well.
The 27-year-old midfielder became a Chelsea player on transfer deadline day, completing a move from Leicester City and signing a five-year contract.
Drinkwater said: ‘I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started. It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.’
A tenacious midfielder who can impact the game at either end of the pitch, Drinkwater is reunited with N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge. The pair forged a profitable partnership in Leicester’s incredible title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
A product of Manchester United’s academy, he enjoyed successful loan spells with Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley before joining then-Championship side Leicester in 2012.
Drinkwater was a key figure and named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season in 2013/14 as the Foxes returned to the top flight, and remained an important player as they retained that status with a stunning late run in 2014/15.