Recap of Chelsea transfer news, rumors and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Danny Drinkwater apologized to Chelsea fans for a “business decision gone wrong” as he confirmed the end of his five years at Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater’s loan spell at Reading ended last week, and the 32-year-old has also announced his official departure from Chelsea.
The former England midfielder joined the Blues from Leicester for £35million in 2017 but failed to make a significant impact at Stamford Bridge.
From injury gluts to off-field issues, Drinkwater never managed to warm up to his task in west London.
The former Manchester United trainee helped Leicester win the league in 2015, but now finds himself a free agent, after four loans in three years to end his spell at Chelsea.
“My time at Chelsea is over, it’s really strange writing this,” Drinkwater posted on Instagram. “I, the club and the fans are extremely disappointed, there’s no doubt about that.
“The injuries, the way I was treated, the mistakes I made, the problems off the pitch, the lack of playing time; the list of excuses could be endless, but I wouldn’t and wouldn’t can’t change what happened.
“Football is a fantastic sport, but for both parties it was a business decision gone wrong, it’s as black and white as that. To Chelsea fans, I apologize for how this is I wish you could see me looking my best in this shirt doing what I love.”
What should we expect from Chelsea this summer?
Thomas Tuché will receive up to £200m to be spent on players this summer by new Chelsea owners (The temperatureMay 25)
Chelsea players whose contracts will soon expire want to know the club’s new owner’s plans and ambitions before renewing long-term deals (The Times, May 27).
Who have Chelsea been linked with?
Marc Cucurella – Chelsea must pay at least £45m to win the race for Brighton defender Cucurella and will face competition from Manchester City and Tottenham to land the Spanish left-back (The sunMay 27).
Jules Kounde and Josko Gvardiol – Chelsea have drawn up a list of eight defenders, including Sevilla’s Kounde and RB Leipzig’s Gvardiol, in a bid to act as quickly as possible to resolve the club’s centre-back crisis once the Todd Boehly-led takeover is complete (The telegraph of the dayMay 25)
Ivan Perisic – Tottenham, Chelsea and Juventus are interested in signing Perisic, but Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi hopes the winger avoids transfer interest and stays at Inter (Daily mailMay 22).
Jules Kounde – The Sevilla defender is stepping up his efforts to be part of Todd Boehly’s revolution at Chelsea and will be ready to step straight into a new defense under Thomas Tuchel (The Sun, May 26); Plans are in place to make Sevilla defender Kounde one of Chelsea’s first signings once their takeover of the club is complete (Objective, May 19); Kounde was barred from a move to Chelsea last summer but remains their main defensive target ahead of a summer change in London (Daily mailMay 20).
Alessio Romagnoli – Chelsea will also pursue a deal with AC Milan captain and Italian defender Romagnoli, who will become a free agent this summer (Mundo DeportivoMay 19).
Ousmane Dembele – Chelsea intend to reopen talks with Barcelona striker Dembele, provided he is still available once the club takeover is complete (90 minutesMay 19).
Conor Gallagher and Armand Broja will return to Chelsea following the end of their respective loans to Crystal Palace and Chelsea (fabrice romanoMay 19).
Gleison Bremer – Leicester City and Chelsea are in a fight for £40million, Turin centre-back Bremer (The sunMay 8).
Aurelien Tchouameni – Chelsea have fallen behind Real Madrid and Liverpool in the race for the Monaco midfielder (The Guardian, May 28). Two thundering goals from Tchouameni for Monaco against Lille could have done his big-money transfer hopes some good, with reports that scouts from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid were all present (The mirrorMay 8).
Christophe Nkunku – Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their search for Nkunku as RB Leipzig have no intention of parting ways with the player this summer (The sunMay 10).
Latest players linked with Chelsea exit
N’Golo Kante – Manchester United are considering making a bid for Chelsea midfielder Kante as he nears the final year of his contract (The Guardian, May 28).
Antonio Rudiger – The defender blamed his decision to leave Chelsea on talks over a new deal with the club falling silent at the start of the season (The Guardian, May 21); Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will join Real Madrid on a four-year deal worth €400,000 a week at the end of the season (sky sports, May 10); Real Madrid have inserted a £340m buyout clause in Antonio Rudiger’s contract (The sunMay 11).
Levi Colwill – Everton boss Frank Lampard is plotting a move for young Chelsea centre-half Colwill, who was part of Huddersfield’s push to the play-off final (sunday sunMay 22).
hakim ziyech – Marco van Basten has urged Erik ten Hag to make Chelsea winger Ziyech one of his first signings as Manchester United manager (Daily mailMay 18).
mason mount and N’Golo Kante – Chelsea are prioritizing talks over the future of five players, including Mount and Kante, (The sun, May 13); The fear of Chelsea Mount could be drawn to Liverpool or Manchester City taking advantage of the club’s ownership crisis (sunday sun, May 1).
Conor Gallagher – Everton boss Frank Lampard is planning a shock transfer raid on former club Chelsea for Gallagher (DailyMirrorMay 20).
Armand Broja – The striker’s impressive season at Southampton has made him a target for West Ham this summer (The sun, May 6) and alerted Napoli to a potential transfer of the player on loan from Chelsea (The sunMay 3).
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The midfielder is pushing for a move to Europe this summer and could reunite with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Lazio (The sunMay 13).
Marcos Alonso – Barcelona are leading the race to sign Chelsea defender Alonso, who could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as he enters the final year of his contract (The mirrorMay 8).
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Chelsea departures confirmed
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