One day after long-time Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien completed his move to AC Milan, Blues’ boss José Mourinho said his team is “hopefully” done in the January transfer window.
With the arrivals Benfica’s Nemanja Matic and Basel’s Mohamed Salah offsetting the exits of Essien, Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), and Juan Mata (Manchester United), it’s been an active window for the Blues, but six days before the transfer deadline, Mourinho said his team wasn’t planning to add to the team’s list of transactions.
“Hopefully we are done,” Mourinho said on Saturday, one day before the team eliminated Stoke City from the FA Cup. “We are not bringing in a striker in this window.”
That means Chelsea will persist with the Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o ,and Demba Ba trio that has been the subject of speculation since August. Collectively, however, the trio has produced 11 league goals – a one goal-per-180 minutes ratio that becomes workable when you’re getting production from Oscar (six) and Eden Hazard (nine).
Chelsea have also made a number of small deals in January. Josh McEachran was sent on loan to Wigan, with Bertrand Traoré (Vitesse), Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa), Ben Clifford, and Sam Walker (Colchester) also making short-term moves away from them club. The club also saw 20-year-old Pam Bamford arrive from MK Dons before begin loaned to Derby County.
“We need that mixture of young players growing up and experienced players giving stability to the team,” Mourinho said, explaining the club’s bigger transfers of the January window.
“We are doing that. You can see what we’re trying to do. Nemanja is 26, Salah 21, so we are trying to build a team for the future.”