Chelsea January transfer window wrap
Chelsea January transfer window wrap

Giroud arrives as Blues finally complete striker search

CHELSEA'S relentless quest to sign a striker has finally come to an end.

The Blues signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal as part of a three-way merry go round which also saw Michy Batshuayi arrive at Dortmund and the Gunners nab Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Newly-signed Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (L) sits with the team before the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth
Newly-signed Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (L) sits with the team before the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth

Here are the biggest storylines from Chelsea's D-Day:

- Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal for £18m on an 18 month contract

- Giroud's arrival saw Michy Batshuayi land at Dortmund in place of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

- Batshuayi joined the German club on loan.

- Blues right back Todd Kane joined League One side Oxford on loan until the end of the season.

- Kane had spent the first half of the season at Groningen in the Dutch League.

- Kasey Palmer joined Derby County on loan.

- David Luiz was thought to be a potential inclusion in the Giroud deal, but ended up remaining at Stamford Bridge.

- Chelsea were smashed 3-0 by Bournemouth as new signing Giroud watched on

 

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY INS AND OUTS

IN: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, 18m)

OUT: Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Todd Kane (Oxford, loan), Kasey Palmer (Derby County, loan)

 

ALL INS AND OUTS:

IN: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, £15.3m plus £2.2m add-ons), Ross Barkley (Everton, £15m plus add-ons), Emerson Palmieri (Roma, £17.6m)

OUT: Michy Batshuayi (Dortmund, loan), Jake Clarke-Salter (Sunderland, loan), Kenedy (Newcastle, loan), Baba Rahman (Schalke, loan), Charly Musonda (Celtic, loan), Todd Kane (Oxford, loan), Kasey Palmer (Derby County, loan)

VERDICT:

In a window where Antonio Conte bickered with the Chelsea board over transfer business, the Italian manager will be happy to have completed the deals he did.

He set out to strengthen the Blues' attack, midfield and at full back and with deals for Giroud, Palmieri and Barkley he's done that.

Amid a range of bizarre links to players such as Andy Caroll, Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes, Chelsea emerge with a quality back-up to Alvaro Morata in the shape of Giroud.

They missed out on Dzeko, but they won't phase them, and with Palmieri and Barkley primed to inject some fresh life at the other end of the park it goes down as a positive window at Stamford Bridge.



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