sport news Chelsea transfer woe - where is their summer going wrong?

It is just 10 days until the 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off, and currently the reigning champions have 17 senior players on their books. 

Chelsea have just sold Nemanja Matic to rivals , leaving their squad looking painfully thin ahead of a campaign which, unlike their last, victorious one, will feature the added pressure of Champions League football.

Here, Sportsmail examines the situation Chelsea find themselves in, and who should take responsibility...

Chelsea were celebrating after winning the Premier League, but things have turned sour since

Chelsea were celebrating after winning the Premier League, but things have turned sour since

After selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, Chelsea now have only 17 senior players

After selling Nemanja Matic to , Chelsea now have only 17 senior players

Antonio Conte has seen several key transfer targets missed, leaving Chelsea looking exposed

has seen several key transfer targets missed, leaving Chelsea looking exposed

What has Chelsea’s business been so far?

Their signings have consisted of Alvaro Morata for £70.6m, Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40m, Antonio Rudiger for £31m and Willy Caballero for free.

Including those they have sent out on loan, Chelsea have let 26 players leave so far this summer, such as Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma, Asmir Begovic, and, of course, Matic.

Why did they sell Matic to a main rival?

Chelsea clearly think they can do more with £40m than can with Matic. That could turn out to be a mistake. 

With Matic, who since January 2014 has made more tackles and interceptions than any United or Chelsea midfielder, Paul Pogba has more freedom to push further forward. Jose Mourinho described the 29-year-old as a ‘Jose Mourinho type of player’ for a reason.

After signing Bakayoko to partner N’Golo Kante, there was always talk of it being between Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic for who is sold to make room for the French 22-year-old. Yet to sell to a direct potential Premier League title rival is dangerous and unusual. Would United do the same with them? It is unlikely.

The club record signing of Alvaro Morata has given Chelsea much needed forward options

The club record signing of Alvaro Morata has given Chelsea much needed forward options

Has this summer been good or bad for Chelsea?

Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 but what stood out were their losses to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

All coaches who have European football to cope with want two players fighting for each position. Chelsea don’t have that as it stands. Worse still, Eden Hazard and Bakayoko are injured and will miss the start of the season. Pedro has the facial fractures he suffered during Chelsea’s defeat of Arsenal.

Diego Costa is unusable, John Terry has left on a free, and their young talent is still being sent out on loan at rapid speed. It is all self-inflicted but worrying.

26 players so far have left Chelsea this summer, including Nathan Ake to Bournemouth

26 players so far have left

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