Didier Drogba – Free agent to Chelsea
The Blues legend has re-signed with the club just two years after moving on. Jose Mourinho has claimed that his decision to bring back the Ivorian was purely because he is ‘still one of the best strikers in Europe’.. Really?
The papers have been speculating about Mourinho’s real intent since Drogba’s return was announced on Friday. There have been suggestions that he has been brought back to tutor the 25-year-old Diego Costa, who scored 36 goals last season.. REALLY?
Drogba will most likely take up Demba Ba’s role as an impact substitute. Either way, It’s disappointing that his Champions League winning penalty won’t be his final kick in a Chelsea shirt.
The entire Swansea team – Swansea to Tottenham
To be fair, only Ben Davies and Michael Vorm have left – but a few more look to be on the way out. Wilfried Bony might very well join his team-mates at White Hart Lane before September.
Ben Davies is hoping Spurs make him the next Gareth Bale, while Vorm hopes to steal a place in the first-team from Hugo Lloris. A place on the bench seems more likely, Michael.
David Ospina – OGC Nice to Arsenal
Brought in to replace Lukasz Fabianski as Arsenal’s back-up keeper, but has a definite chance of replacing Wojciech Szczesny as Wenger’s first-choice keeper – and at £3.2million, Ospina’s a steal.
Arsenal fans might be disappointed with this one, considering there were rumours of Iker Casillas mutually terminating his Real Madrid contract in order to join Arsenal flying around just days ago.
At least it isn’t an unknown 15-year-old from the middle of nowhere, like usual, right?
Patrick van Aanholt – Chelsea to Sunderland
After way too many loans away from the club, Chelsea could no longer pretend they were ‘developmental’.
There was a space up for grabs in the senior team this summer, with Ashley Cole leaving the club on a free transfer, but Mourinho opted to splash £20million on a player who, in two years time, will probably leave because the club won’t offer him more than a year-long contract due to his age.
Even if van Aanholt had stayed at Chelsea, his chance in the first-team still would have been slim, so a move to Sunderland will finally give him a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
Loic Remy – Queens Park Rangers to LiverpoolRemy has spent the past week in America with the Liverpool squad, while undergoing a medical examination after the club triggered his £8.5million buy-out clause.
Remy would have filled the gap left by Luis Suarez, for about 10% of the price. That is, if he had successfully passed the medical. Remy’s Champions League dream looks to have ended early, as he makes the seven hour flight back to London.