Date: 30th August 2013 at 10:40am
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Once Willian and Samuel Eto’o were signed from Anzhi Makhachkala many fans would anticipate that Chelsea’s summer spending may be over and the only activity we’ll see between now and the transfer window will be departures only, but Chief Executive Ron Gourlay says that the Blues are still looking for two more players.

Jose Mourinho revealed in a recent press conference that managers are never happy with their squads and are always looking to improve. We knew that he wanted a forward and when it became clear Wayne Rooney did not want to force an exit from Manchester United it was no surprise that the Portuguese manager opted for a former stalwart in Eto’o. But Willian was a complete bolt out of the blue and it’s a little hard to predict where we may strengthen should we add two more.

Gourlay said:

“We have always said we are always looking to strengthen, but it’s all about the right players being available at the right time.”

On the potential for further signings this summer, he added:

“There could be one, maybe two, but we are looking at a couple maybe going out on loan to continue their development as we have a fairly big squad.

“I would expect maybe a little bit of activity in the next couple of days before the window closes.”


It’s not really clear what sort of signings they’re hoping to make, just that we have other irons in the fire. At this stage I think it’s more likely that any further additions to the playing staff will be like Porto winger Christian Atsu, who will be loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem and we’ve also been linked with Sporting Lisbon’s Eric Dier.

Willian has already taken up the 17th spot for an overseas player over the age of 21 in the squad and someone will have to make way for Samuel Eto’o, and we can expect further departures if anyone is coming in that’s over 21 unless they’re home-grown. Demba Ba is definitely going and I doubt the club will turn down a decent offer for Fernando Torres should one come in as there won’t be many chances to shift him.

Chelsea are capable of surprising us. We’ll just have to wait and see what Mourinho and company have planned.

Source: Metro


8 responses to “Chelsea’s summer spending not over, says Gourlay”

  1. Kakatk says:

    I suspect he is referring to Christipn Atsu

  2. Rick says:

    Would guess that Eliaquim Mangala could be one. Thought there could be another striker coming in too, not so sure now.

  3. christian says:

    Our squad is huuuugggeeeee. We need to sell Demba Ba and Mikel, along with loaning out Moses before we even consider buying Atsu. If we do buy him we need to loan him out as well because he won’t have a chance of playing ahead of our other attacking midfielders.

    • unclefemmy says:

      Sell Mikel and rely on Lampard right?….u dont know football

    • raph says:

      Sell Mikel? Nando maybe Ba for sure Moses loan Yeah right…don’t think you know anything about football have you ever played before?

  4. Kakatk says:

    Fans from the north London clubs getting excited about this weekends game.
    I think it’s way to early for a fifth/sixth place play off ?!

  5. obi stanley says:

    @Christian how will u prefer Mikel to be sold,u need to follow football well,Mikel is our Makelele now,he understands that role better than others,Lampard,Ramires and the rest are all attacking minded but Mikel will stay to break up play and stop attack and counter-attacks.For me Mikel should remain at Chelsea!

  6. DJ SAV says:

    We will sign another striker, as i think Ba may be sold if we can get the right price for him. There is talk of a loan move possibly back to Newcastle who badly want him. Also heard Torres may go if we get the right price for him. Jackson Marteiz is a name that keeps doing the rounds, maybe Pato, or Dimao could be other alternatives. We shall see, as long Juan Mata does not go and David Luiz he is Chelsea’s future captain. Lukuku must stay not be loaned out, as i feel this could be his year along with Edan Hazard and Kevin De Bryne. Victor moses has already gone to Liverpool on loan, i really hope we dont sell him in the summer next year. We have a great team for the future i was so pleased young CHALOBAH signed a new contract, he is going to be cracking player for us i also can see him challeging Luiz for the captains armband. We also must keep Josh Mcheran another one for the future along with Thorgan Hazard.