Belgian’s loan confirmed as the seventeenth transfer involving Chelsea already this summer

Despite starting to serve the two-transfer window that was imposed on them by the world’s governing body FIFA earlier this year, Chelsea are still very much involved in transfer activities this summer.

The latest player to be involved? Charly Musonda.

The Belgian winger has returned to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for a second consecutive season-long loan.

The 22-year-old made only one appearance for the Eredivisie side last season – in a 6-1 win over De Graafschap – in a season ravaged by injuries.

On the move, Musonda said:

“I am very keen to show the real Charly Musonda. Last season I had a lot of bad luck with the injury. I feel good now and want to show that I can be of added value to Vitesse.”

As mentioned at the top of the article, Musonda’s loan back to Vitesse makes his move the seventeenth transfer involving Chelsea (loan/permanent deal) already in this summer window, albeit with most of the transfers involving players exiting the club due to Chelsea not being able to register any new players as things stand right now.

Despite this, they have been able to make loan deals permanent, as seen with Mateo Kovačić joining from Real Madrid earlier this week for £40.3m.

Mateo Kovačić unveiled earlier this week as a permanent member of Chelsea’s first-team squad (Photo – Chelsea FC)

A loan deal that was already permanent before this summer was Christian Pulisic’s move from Borussia Dortmund last January for £57.6m.

Kovacic and Pulisic’s (although officially confirmed beforehand) moves have been the only permanent deals made by the club since the transfer ban came into effect, we will be expecting a few loan returnees as well coming back – and seen as ‘new’ transfers even – in the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma to name a few.

As typical with any club in the summer transfer window, expects players to leave as well. We’ve seen the likes of veterans Gary Cahill and Rob Green depart, as well as youngsters and members of the infamous ‘loan army’ such as Tomáš Kalas, Jay Dasilva and Ola Aina finally make permanent pastures at other clubs (to Bristol City and Torino respectively).

But the biggest player to leave the Blues this summer was Eden Hazard with the Belgian finally fulfilling his childhood dream by joining the Spanish giants Real Madrid in a deal worth £130m.

Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid this summer in a record-breaking £130m deal (Photo – Sky Sports)

With all the comings and goings at Chelsea, here are all the deals completed so far this summer involving the Blues.

IN – Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid, £40.3m), Christian Pulisic (end of loan spell at Borussia Dortmund)

OUT – Kylian Hazard (Cercle Brugge, undisclosed), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid, £130m), Ola Aina (Torino, £9m), Jay Dasilva (Bristol City, £2.16m), Victorien Angban (Metz, £5.4m), Tomáš Kalas (Bristol City, £8m), Gonzalo Higuaín (end of loan spell – sent back to Juventus), Charly Musonda (Vitesse Arnhem, season-long loan), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta, season-long loan), Bradley Collins (Barnsley, free), Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City, free), Gary Cahill (released), Eduardo (released), Robert Green (released), Kyle Scott, released) Todd Kane (released), Josimar Quintero (released), Ruben Sammut (released), Kyle Scott (released), Martell Taylor-Crossdale (released), Marcin Bułka (released), Joseph Colley (released), Renedi Masampu (released), Jared Thompson (released)

The next few weeks are likely to be busy for Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea head coach shapes his squad for the forthcoming campaign.

And don’t be surprised to see many more players coming (recalls/youth integration) and going (loans/permanent) before the opening game against Manchester United in 37 days time.

Terry Sazio

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