With the summer clearout, Thomas Tuchel tries to make up for Chelsea’s £187 million transfer blunders.
In Antonio Conte’s second summer transfer window in command, the Blues went on a spending binge, yet the majority of his purchases were duds.
With a summer clearout, current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel aimed to correct the club’s £187 million transfer blunders. In the summer of 2017, the Blues spent an incredible amount of money on five players ahead of Antonio Conte’s second season in charge.
Chelsea had won the Premier League in their first season under the Italian manager’s tutelage.
Despite this, Conte planned to make a major summer reinforcement drive, with a total of ten players arriving.
However, half of those players have proven to be underwhelming, and Tuchel is working to change that.
Their shopping spree began with the £29 million acquisition of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma in Serie A.
Rudiger has established himself as a regular under Tuchel, but the Blues manager wants to bring in a new centre-back with Rudiger’s contract set to expire next summer.
The club’s next bust came a week later with the £40 million signing of Tiémoué Bakayoko from Monaco.
Bakayoko was a flop of a deal, having spent the last three seasons on loan after failing to impress a string of Chelsea managers.
Despite Chelsea’s apparent need for center midfielders, the Frenchman was unable to break into Tuchel’s plans throughout pre-season.
Tuchel started his summer purge by loaning Bakayoko to AC Milan for two years, with the Rossinieri having to buy him for £16 million when the loan period finishes.
The Blues’ next major investment was in Alvaro Morata, who was purchased for £60 million from Real Madrid in La Liga.
Morata struggled for consistency at Chelsea and joined Atletico Madrid in the January 2019 transfer window.
Chelsea’s deadline day in the summer of 2017 was a disaster for the club, with the team signing two huge busts.
Davide Zappacosta, who joined the Blues for £23 million from Torino, was a regular in his first season.
But that was the best the full-back received in his first season, as he fell out of favor and was sent out on a series of loan spells.
Tuchel was ultimately able to trade him permanently to Atalanta for £8.5 million this summer.
Danny Drinkwater is the most recent fatality of this summer’s purge, according to “Brinkwire Summary News.”