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Chelsea deadline day review: Mourinho careful not to be over-generous

It was all quiet at Stamford Bridge on deadline day, as there were no arrivals at Chelsea but there was speculation about some departures from the club.

Romelu Lukaku was late loan signing for Everton; the deal was confirmed at 11.30pm, it was a choice between moving to West Brom or joining Roberto Martinez at Everton.

Demba Ba was linked with a move to several clubs throughout the day including West Ham, Napoli, Arsenal and Roma.

They received loan offers but nothing was forthcoming, it was reported that Arsenal were keen to take the player on loan for the season but Chelsea were unwilling to sell to a rival. Victor Moses joined Liverpool on loan early in the day as he looked to find some first team opportunities elsewhere.

Jose Mourinho has done his business early, which in this day and age is a very sensible strategy to have. He brought in no fewer than 9 players including the likes of Andre Schurrle, Willian for big fees and Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala.

They made some very good purchases this summer that will allow them to compete on all fronts for the rest of the season.

There were some rumours about the future of one of their best player, Juan Mata, he has been left out on a few occasions already this season and it seems that the two-time Chelsea player of the year doesn’t feature heavily in Mourinho’s plans.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain were all reportedly interested in the Spaniard but nothing came of it as Mourinho stated he was not for sale.

In the end I think Chelsea, once again, have had a strong transfer window they have brought in some top quality players without having any major departures. Their hijacking of Spurs’ Willian deal was a particular highlight for all Chelsea fans who will see that as an enjoyable piece of one-upsmanship on their rivals.

It was a bit strange to see them let Romelu Lukaku join Everton on loan, he impressed last year at West Brom and many thought that this was the season he would get his chance in the starting lineup, their loss and Everton’s gain.

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