Romelu Lukaku move fails, forward signs - Chelsea best and worst case end to the transfer window


The final week of the transfer window is well under way, with business set to be resolved by 11pm on September 1. In traditional fashion, Chelsea are not yet done and could be set for a number of transfers in the coming days.

The Blues have ticked off most of their priorities this summer. Much of last season's squad has departed as the Blues looked to trim their numbers, while additions have been made in goal, in midfield and up front.

Mauricio Pochettino retains hope of adding another attacking player to his array of talent. The 51-year-old head coach hopes for an ace who can play across the frontline to help Chelsea during the club's current injury crisis, but will not prevent the development of the likes of Armando Broja.

Pochettino's desire for a squad of 23 players that can benefit from providing youth a chance, also ensures there could be players heading out of the club this week too. The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to be top of the agenda on that front, with neither player having spent time with the first team following the former PSG boss' arrival. takes a look at the best and worse case scenarios that could emerge:

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Fairly, obviously, Chelsea's best case scenario would see another player arrive for Pochettino. The likes of Brennan Johnson, Rayan Cherki and Bradley Barcola are among players the Blues have looked at. Though, it has already been made clear Johnson will not come cheap.

An ideal world would see Romelu Lukaku sold, rather than loaned, though the Blues look set to receive a fee from Roma towards a temporary move for the Belgian. While Callum Hudson-Odoi would find a new home at Nottingham Forest.

Perhaps the Blues could even come to an agreement for Marc Cucurella and earn a premium, given that Manchester United are likely to prove rivals for a European place this season. If a destination could be found on a permanent basis for Malang Sarr, that would be beneficial too.

If Chelsea can then find suitable loan destinations for their young players such as Deivid Washington and Lesley Ugochukwu, all the better too.

On the other hand, Chelsea's worst case scenario would see stagnation. Moves for Lukaku, Hudson-Odoi and others would not be faciliatated, leaving difficult discussions and press conferences for Pochettino and his staff.

If more moves are not facilitated, it could yet be another season where Chelsea list in excess of 30 players within their senior squad. Even with nine injuries, a number would have little chance of featuring for the Blues.

No forward arriving would be frustrating, but what would be worse would be a player of the wrong profile joining the club. It would signal that Pochettino's wishes had been ignored in the final days of the transfer window. The end of last season showed the danger of what could occur when a route to the first team was jammed and discontent can be sown.

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