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Conte explains XI shakeup in Champions League thumping of Qarabag

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Antonio Conte wants to Chelsea pour it on this season, and knows he’ll need a deep squad to pressure as much as possible.

Following a 6-0 win over Qarabag to start the Blues’ UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, Conte explained that his club was not going to sit back despite making five big changes to the XI.

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“Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end. We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press,” Conte said.

Well that’s a humble thing to say, as we’re pretty sure Chelsea can manage a game as well as most teams. But Conte dug more into his process by talking about why names like Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Michy Batshuayi — all goal scorers Tuesday — will be critical to the team’s hopes.

From ChelseaFC.com:

“I wanted to give a good chance to Michy, and also to (Andreas) Christensen. To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts.

“For the first game in the Champions League I decided to start with rotation. Also because we have to start the process to improve our players. If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are crazy. Instead, we have to improve our players and try to create a good competition between them. A positive competition is very important.”

Qarabag is by far the easiest home night of Chelsea’s group stage, and it will be interesting to see how Conte chooses his starters on the match days before and after UCL nights with Roma and Atletico Madrid.

Report: Chelsea looking to bring Andreas Christensen back early, but odds are slim

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According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea is looking to bring 19-year-old defender Andreas Christensen back very early in the first year of a two-year loan deal at Borussia Monchengladbach, but they face a fight to do so.

The report by Law says that the loan contract does not feature a break clause, leaving mutual termination of the loan deal the only recourse for Chelsea. Should any of the three parties not consent, Christensen would stay in Germany, where he has excelled this season under head coach Andre Schubert.

According to Squawka Statistics, Christensen’s overall performance score rates him the 7th best defender in the German league this season.

With John Terry potentially in his last season at Chelsea, Gary Cahill past the 30-year-old mark, and Kurt Zouma out long-term with a bad knee injury, the club is looking for bodies, and Christensen would be a perfect fit. According to Law, the club wants him back so bad they have offered Nathan Ake on loan as a replacement. The 21-year-old Ake is currently on loan at Watford until the end of the season.

But with Christensen still nervous about his consistent playing time, the report states he currently prefers a stay in Germany. And why wouldn’t he, given that his stellar play this season has seen him called into the Danish international squad, playing all 180 minutes across a pair of friendlies against Iceland and Scotland this past week.

The Blues may have to look elsewhere.

Full list of every transfer made by Premier League clubs during the Summer Transfer Window

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More than $1.3 billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer in the most expensive transfer window in English history.

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Below we take a look at every move made in the Summer Transfer Window, from loans to multi-million dollar deals.

Arsenal

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) $15 million
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (RC Lens) $5 million

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Free
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Free
Abou Diaby (Marseille) Free
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) $3 million
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma) Loan
George Dobson (West Ham) Undisclosed
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) Loan
Isaac Hayden (Hull City) Loan
Yaya Sanogo (Ajax) Loan
Jon Toral (Birmingham City) Loan
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) Loan
Josh Vickers (Swansea City) Free
Jack Jebb (Stevenage) Free
Austin Lipman (Released)
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) Free
Damian Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Dan Crowley (Barnsley) Loan
Wellington Silva (Bolton Wanderers) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) $4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) Free
Mark Bunn (Norwich City) Free
Idrissa Gueye (Lille) $15 million
Jordan Amavi (Nice) $15 million
Jordan Ayew (Lorient) $15 million
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba) $800,000
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) $9.5 million
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) $11 million
Adama Traore (Barcelona) $11 million
Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) $3 million
Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht) Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Out
Darren Bent (Derby County) Free
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) Free
Andreas Weimann (Derby County) $4 million
Matt Lowton (Burnley) $1.5 million
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) Free
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar) Free
Shay Given (Stoke City) Free
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) $12 million
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) $49 million
Graham Burke (Notts County) Loan
Aly Cissokho (Porto) Loan
Alfie Crooks (Released)
Chris Herd (Released)
Craig Hill (Released)
Bradley Lewis (Released)
Isaac Nehemie (Released)
Daniel O’Brien (Wigan Athletic) Free
Callum Robinson (Bristol City) Loan
Janoi Donacien (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Ron Vlaar (Released)
Courtney Wildin (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan

Bournemouth

In
Artur Boruc (Southampton) Free
Adam Federici (Reading) Free
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Tribunal
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) $11.5 million
Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne) $11 million
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) $4.8 million
Filippo Costa (Chievo) Loan
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) $6 million
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Tomas Andrade (River Plate) Loan

Out
Ian Harte (Released)
Josh McQuoid (Released)
Darryl Flavahan (Released)
Mohamed Coulibaly (Released)
Joe Partington (Released)
Miles Addison (Released)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) Loan
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) Loan
Joshua Kaye (Released)
Aly Coulibaly (Released)
Benjamin Buchel (Released)
Aristide Bassele (Released)
Lee Camp (Rotherham United) Free

Chelsea

In
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense) $5 million
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) Loan
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) $12.5 million
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) Free
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) $23 million
Pedro (Barcelona) $34 million
Kenedy (Fluminense) $9.7 million
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) $4 million
Michael Hector (Reading) $6 million

Out
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Drogba (Released)
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla) $6.8 million
Petr Cech (Arsenal) $15 million
Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco) Loan
Josh McEachran (Brentford) $1.2 million
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Loan
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) $18 million
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) Loan
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
George Brady (Sunderland) Free
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) $8 million
Alex Davey (Peterborough United) Loan
Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Matej Delac (Sarajevo) Loan
Todd Kane (NEC Nijmegen) Loan
Wallace (Carpi FC) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK) Loan
Jordan Houghton (Gillingham) Loan
Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Ulises Davila (Vitoria Sport Clube) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Joao Rodriguez (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Victor Moses (West Ham United) Loan
Lucas Piazon (Reading) Loan
Michael Hector (Reading) Loan
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) Loan

Crystal Palace

In
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) $15 million
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan
Alex McCarthy (QPR) $5.5 million
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) $14 million
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Marcus Johnson-Schuster Free
Kleton Perntreou (Hibernian) Free
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK) Undisclosed

Out
Lewis Price (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Owen Garvan (Released)
Peter Ramage (Released)
Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Jerome Thomas (Released)
Shola Ameobi (Released)
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) Loan
Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) Loan
Michael Chambers (Released)
Kyle De Silva (Notts County) Free
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Ryan Innis (Port Vale) Loan
Chris Kettings (Stevenage Town) Loan
Chris Scales (Crawley Town) Loan
Ghassimu Sow (Released)
Glenn Murray (AFC Bournemouth) $6 million
Adlene Guedioura (Watford) Undisclosed

Everton

In
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) $7 million
David Henen (Olympiacos) $315,000
Mason Holgate (Barnsley) $1.5 million
Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate) $14.5 million
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) $7 million

Out
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Luke Garbutt (Fulham) Loan
Chris Long (Burnley) $1.6 million
George Green (Oldham Athletic) Free
Russell Griffiths (Northwich Victoria) Loan
Jonjoe Kenny (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Curtis Langton (Released)
John Lundstram (Oxford United) Free
Ben McLaughlin (Released)
Francisco Junior (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Leicester City

In
Christian Fuchs (Schalke) Free
Robert Huth (Stoke City) $4.7 million
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) $12.5 million
N’Golo Kante (Caen) $10 million
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta) $7.9 million
Gokhan Inler (Napoli) Undisclosed $7.9 million
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) Loan

Out
Chris Wood (Leeds United) $4 million
Paul Konchesky (QPR) Loan
Matthew Upson (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Esteban Cambiasso Free
David Nugent (Middlesbrough) $6.3 million
Zoumana Bakayogo (Released)
Marcel Barrington (Released)
Jacob Blyth (Cambridge United) Loan
Adam Dawson (Released)
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free
Ben Hamer (Bristol City) Loan
Kieran Kennedy (Released)
Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Conrad Logan (Released)
Herve Pepe-Ngoma (Released)
Louis Rowley (Released)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Released)
Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) Loan
Liam Moore (Bristol City) Loan

Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) $5.5 million
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) $45 million
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) $20 million
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) $49 million
Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) Free
Brad Jones (Bradford City) Free
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) $3.2 million
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) $75 million
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Loan
Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce) Loan
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) $15 million
Iago Aspas (Sevilla) $6 million
Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) Loan
Jordan Lussey (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
Rafael Paez (AD Alcorcon) Free
Marc Pelosi (Released)
Luis Alberto (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Kevin Stewart (Swindon Town) Loan
Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Loan
Daniel Ward (Aberdeen) Loan
Michael Williams (Swindon Town)
Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt) Loan
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester City

In
Enes Unal (Bursaspor) $3 million
David Faupala (Lens) Free
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) $75 million
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) $13 million
Patrick Roberts (Fulham) $8.2 million
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) $50 million
Aleix Garcia (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) $85 million
Yaw Yeboah (Right to Dream) Undisclosed
Thomas Aygepong (Right to Dream) Undisclosed

Out
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) $4 million
James Milner (Liverpool) Free
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) $2.25 million
Angelino (New York City FC) Loan
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) Free
Kerim Rekik (Marseille) $5.7 million
Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke) $11 million
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan
Thomas Aygepong (FC Twente) Loan
Adam Drury (Released)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) Loan
Shay Facey (New York City) Loan
Seko Fofana (Bastia) Loan
John Guidetti (Released)
Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield Town) $250,000
Frank Lampard (New York City) Free
Greg Leigh (Bradford City) Free
Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) $32 million
Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) Loan
Dominic Oduro (Released)
Enes Unal (Genk) Loan
Yaw Yeboah (Lille) Loan

Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) $38 million
Matteo Darmian (Torino) $20 million
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) $22 million
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) $38 million
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria) Free
Anthony Martial (AS Monaco) $55 million

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) Free
Saidy Janko (Celtic) $315,000
Nani (Fenerbahce) $6.5 million
Will Keane (Preston North End) Loan
Rafael Da Silva (Lyon) $3 million
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) $7 million
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain) $69 million
Jonny Evans (West Brom) $9 million
Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) $13 million
Anders Lindegaard (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Callum Evans (Barnsley) Free
Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) $1.9 million
Reece James (Wigan Athletic) $1.5 million
Ryan McConnell (Released)
Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Joe Rothwell (Barnsley) Loan

Newcastle United

In
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven) $23 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht) $21 million
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) $13.5 million
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) $800,000
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) $21 million

Out
Jonas Gutierrez (Released)
Ryan Taylor (Hull City) Free
Adam Campbell (Notts County) Free
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Free
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) Loan
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Loan
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town) Loan
Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos) $675,000
Jak Alnwick (Port Vale) Free
Remy Cabella (Marseille) Loan
Shane Ferguson (Millwall) Loan
Davide Santon (Inter Milan) $4.2 million
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Norwich City

In
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) $4.6 million
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Robbie Brady (Hull City) $11 million
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jacob Kean (Blackburn Rovers) Free
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Out
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) $160,000
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Free
Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released)
Carlos Cuellar (Released)
Javier Garrido (Released)
Sam Kelly (Port Vale) Free
Remi Matthews (Burton Albion) Loan
Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) Loan
Josh Murphy (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Bradley Johnson (Derby County) $9.1 million
Tony Andreu (Rotherham) Loan
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (Rotherham) Loan

Southampton

In
Juanmi (Malaga) $7.9 million
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP) $7.4 million
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) Loan
Cuco Martina (FC Twente) $1.7 million
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) $14 million
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) $8 million
Harry Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) $17.6 million

Out
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Jos Hooiveld (Released)
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Omar Rowe (Released)
Jake Sinclair (Released)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) $20 million
Dani Osvaldo (Released)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) $38 million
Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) Loan
Emmanuel Mayuka (Metz) Undisclosed
Chris Johns (Released)
Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough) Loan
Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) Loan

Stoke City

In
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland) $675,000
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) $4.3 million
Joselu (Hannover 96) $9 million
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea) Loan
Shay Given (Aston Villa) Free
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free
Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona) Free
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) Free
Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan) $19 million
Sergio Molina (Real Madrid) Free
Dominic Telford (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Mark Wadidngton (Blackpool) Undisclosed

Out
Thomas Sorensen (Released)
Wilson Palacios (Released)
Andy Wilkinson (Released)
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla) $11 million
Robert Huth (Leicester City) $4.7 million
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) $12.5 million
Tomi Adeloye (Released)
James Alabi (Ipswich Town) Free
Daniel Bachmann (Ross County) Loan
Sam Coulson (Released)
Alex Grant (Released)
Robbie Parry (Released)
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson (Released)
Adam Thomas (Released)
Charlie Ward (Released)
Elliot Wheeler (Released)

Sunderland

In
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) $3.2 million
Adam Matthews (Celtic) $3 million
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv) $12.8 million
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) $4.5 million
Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan) Loan
Ola Toivonen (Rennes) Loan
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) $15 million
George Brady (Chelsea) Free
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Out
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton) Undisclosed
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF) Loan
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) $14 million
Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) Loan
Emmanuele Giaccherini (Bologna) Loan
Peter Burke (Released)
Andrew Cartwright (Released)
Joel Dixon (Released)
David Moberg Karlsson (Nordsjaelland) $565,000
Tom McNamee (Released)
Anthony Reveillere (Released)

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (Marseille) Free
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne) $5.5 million
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen) $960,000
Eder (Braga) $8 million
Ollie McBurnie (Bradford City) $400,000
Gerhard Tremmel (Unattached) Free
Botti Biabi (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Josh Vickers (Arsenal) Free

Out
Alan Tate (Released)
David Cornell (Released)
Jazz Richards (Fulham) $800,000
Tom Atyeo (Released)
Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) Free
Corey Francis (Released)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Released)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag) Loan
Joseph Jones (Released)
Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Kurtis March (Released)
Curtis Obeng (Released)
Gareth Owen (Released)
Connor Roberts (Yeovil Town) Loan
Scott Tancock (Released)
Dwight Tiendalli (Released)
Alex Samuel (Morton) Loan
Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne) $6.5 million
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) $5.5 million
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) $17 million
Clinton Njie (Lyon) $19 million
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) $34 million

Out
Cristian Ceballos (Charlton Athletic) Free
Bongani Khumalo (Released)
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) $15.5 million
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) $7.3 million
Etienne Capoue (Watford) $9 million
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) $4.5 million
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint-Germain) $9 million
Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) $18 million
Dominic Ball (Rangers) Loan
Vlad Chiriches (Napoli) $7.9 million
Shaquile Coulthirst (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Ryan Fredericks (Bristol City) $280,000
Brad Friedel (Retired)
Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) Undisclosed
Aaron McEneff (Released)
Alex McQueen (Carlisle United) Free
Jonathan Miles (Released)
Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) Loan
Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage Town) Loan
Grant Ward (Rotherham United) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) Loan
Aaron Lennon (Everton) $7 million

Watford

In
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) Free
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest) Free
Jose Holebas (AS Roma) $2.8 million
Matej Vydra (Udinese) $9.5 million
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) $9 million
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) $4 million
Allan Nyom (Granada) Free
Miguel Britos (Napoli) Free
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) $7.3 million
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande) Loan
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge) Undisclosed
Victor Ibarbo (Roma) Loan
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
Matej Vydra (Reading)

Out
Jonathan Bond (Reading) Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) $485,000
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) Loan
Christian Battochio (Brest) Undisclosed
Uchu Ikpeazu (Port Vale) Loan
Juan Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Marco Motta (Released)
Sean Murray (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) Free
Vujadin Savic (Released)
Miguel Layun (Porto) Loan
Gabriele Angella (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Matej Vydra (Reading) Loan
Connor Smith (Stevenage) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) $2 million
James Chester (Hull City) $13 million
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) $4.5 million
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) $19 million
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) $12 million
Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United) Free

Out
Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) $4.6 million
Alex Jones (Birmingham City) Free
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City) Undisclosed
Youssouf Mulumbu (Released)
Chris Baird (Derby County) Free
Jason Davidson (Released)
Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
Adil Nabi (Delhi Dynamos) Loan
Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Undisclosed
Wesley Atkinson (Released)
Aaron Birch (Released)
Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo) Undisclosed
Donervorn Daniels (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed
Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Free
Mani O’Sullivan (Released)
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) $3 million

West Ham United

In
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) Free
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) $7 million
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) $17 million
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) $15 million
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira) Loan
George Dobson (Arsenal) Undisclosed
Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed
Alex Song (Barcelona) Loan
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) $4.5 million
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) $10 million

Out
Dan Potts (Luton Town) Free
Carlton Cole (Released)
Guy Demel (Released)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan Athletic) Free
Nene (Released)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) $8 million
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Reece Burke (Bradford City) Loan
Kevin Nolan (Released)
Kieran Bywater (Released)
Sean Maguire (Released)
Kusu Makasi (Chelmsford City) Loan
Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) Free
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Jose Mourinho confirms Chelsea’s top transfer target this summer

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Jose Mourinho is playing his cards close to his chest, but the Chelsea manager has confirmed his main aim this summer will be to add a new defender to his squad at Stamford Bridge.

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Mourinho, 52, is currently in Montreal as Chelsea continue their preseason preparations ahead of the 2015-16 campaign and the Portuguese boss believes the reigning Premier League champions are well balanced but need one more player in defense.

Reports say the Blues have had a $30 million bid for Everton’s central defender John Stones rejected, but it seems like Mourinho may go back in for the 21-year-old ball-playing center back as he informed the media on Sunday that he likes Stones and Chelsea have made a bid for the England international.

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Speaking to Sky Sports from Quebec ahead of the start of their International Champions Cup games this week, Mourinho had the following to say about Chelsea’s squad.

“I am looking for a defender to finish this balance in our squad and after that we are ready to answer anything that can happen to our players,” Mourinho said. “If one of our players in a specific position wants to leave, we agree a deal for a player to leave and we have to answer immediately and bring in somebody else, because at the moment we have balance in the squad and we cannot lose that.”

So, who do the Blues currently have in a defense which conceded just 32 times in 38 PL games last season?

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A third of Chelsea’s mean defense during the 2014-15 season.

Captain John Terry played every single second of Chelsea’s title winning campaign last year and the 34-year-old formed a formidable partnership with Gary Cahill at the heart of the defense. Terry won’t go on forever thought and youngster Kurt Zouma impressed whenever he stepped in. Apart from those three players, Chelsea can only call on Branislav Ivanovic to slot in at center back from right back and they have Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis battling it out for the left back berth.

Youngsters Andreas Christensen and Tomas Kalas will spend next season out on loan and Nathan Ake is still a few years away from being a regular. Reinforcements are needed at the back.

One area Mourinho doesn’t need to strengthen is on the wing, as he confirmed that Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah can leave if a club matches his valuation with Chelsea currently possessing five wide players. Mourinho mentioned they may move to replace Salah if he leaves, but it is believed that Barcelona attacker Pedro is not on his radar.

For now the priority seems to be getting Stones from Everton, as Chelsea aim to improve the PL’s best defense from last season.

Mourinho: Chelsea will promote a handful of youth players to first team next year

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Jose Mourinho has vowed to promote a number of Chelsea’s top youth academy players — an U-18 and U-19 group that has been labeled something of a golden generation — into the club’s first-team squad for the 2015-16 season.

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Chelsea’s U-19 team captured the UEFA Youth League title last week, while the Blues’ U-18 squad is set to compete in its fourth-straight FA Youth Cup final this weekend.

Among the group of highly-rated and successful youngsters is 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who made his first-team debut in a 7-minute substitute appearance earlier this year and has been handpicked by Mourinho as the pick of the litter, alongside Andreas Christensen and Dominic Solanke.

Mourinho, on Loftus-Cheek and the rest of Chelsea’s youngsters, from the Daily Mail:

“Next season, Ruben will not be a kid in the development process. He will be a first-team player, absolutely ready to play and compete. And we will do the same with two or three or four players.

“Some of the older ones will go on loan to play every game in the Championship or the Premier League, even abroad. And we will bring some of the younger ones into the process. But to have them all at the same time in the first-team squad is hard.

“I cannot have a squad of 10 men and 10 kids. I must have a squad like we have now of 16 or 17 seniors and three or four kids.”

Of course, Chelsea could choose to go out this summer and spend $60 million to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, effectively blocking any path into the first team for Loftus-Cheek.

Often times at a big club like Chelsea — or Manchester City, who have also invested heavily in their youth academy but are yet to see much payoff for the first team — there’s a major disconnect between those in charge of the youth academy and the head honcho in charge of the first team.

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It’s easy to blame a manager for failing to bring through promising youngsters, instead opting to spend big bucks in the transfer market, but in the win-now world of top-level soccer, where a manager’s job is on the line a season after winning the title (Manuel Pellegrini, anyone?), should it come as a surprise that John Terry, now 34, was the last player to come through the Chelsea academy and win a place in the first team?

Managers play a big part in integrating young players and giving them first-team experience, but more of them — perhaps even a majority — might be willing to do so if they knew their job wouldn’t be at risk after a half-season’s worth of poor results. As is the case with any business, it starts at the top.