It would be fair to say that Chelsea have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market this summer, having spent over £64m on new players. Moreover, with many expecting that figure to increase with the acquisition of two more players in recent weeks, some people have questioned just how the Blues are going to balance the books. However, Roberto Di Matteo has said that following all of this investment, several players will have to be allowed out of Stamford Bridge.
So far, the Blues have signed Eden Hazard and Oscar in big-money deals, while Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin Du Bruyne have also joined the club for modest transfer fees. It has also been reported that both Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta could join the Blues in the near future, with Di Matteo hopeful of putting together deals in the next few weeks.
Bearing the above in mind, the Blues have certainly become one of the leading spenders in the Premier League this summer. According to Di Matteo, his next task is to now cut down on his squad as he looks to release money and also create realistic competition. He said, “When we get back to England we have a lot of players at the moment and we will probably have to reduce the squad a little bit and try to work with the ones who we think will be with us…some of them will go on loan again for their development and progression in their careers.”
Judging by the above comments, it appears as though his main objective is to find loan moves for his young players. However, press reports are also suggesting that he wants to get several more of the experienced professionals off the books, with question marks hanging on the futures of Florent Malouda and Gael Kakuta.