Despite the strong start to the season, the Italian had made little secret of his desire to bring in defensive reinforcements during the final days of the transfer window. However, few supporters at Stamford Bridge would have predicted just who their final arrival would be, with Brazilian David Luiz returning to West London from French Champions PSG in the final moments for a fee worth a reported £30 million.
Despite PSG boss Unai Emery wanting to keep hold of the player, the two clubs agreed upon a sensational deal to bring the 29-year-old back to England, with Luiz padding a medical and completing his deal just five minutes before the window slammed shut.
Luiz was still in Paris on Tuesday, and is thought to have held talks with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and their sporting director Leonardo in a bid to convince the duo to let a transfer to Chelsea go through. The Brazilian only left Stamford Bridge for France two years ago, for a monumental fee of around £50m, which still remains the world record fee for a defender to this day. Chelsea first purchased Luiz in January 2011 from Benfica for £21m, with the defender scoring 12 goals in 143 appearances for the Blues. Luiz will be hoping to make his debut away to Swansea on the 11th September, a fixture in which Chelsea will be the overwhelming favourites in the football betting odds among bookmakers.
It was certainly a day of big spending at Stamford Bridge, with full back Marcos Alonso earlier sealing his move to Chelsea from Italian side Fiorentina. Chelsea are thought to have paid in the region of £23 million for the former Sunderland and Bolton man, with the Spaniard likely to be used as back-up to the likes of César Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic in the Blues defense. Conte will be hoping such options can ensure that his team finish in the top four this season, following a disappointing mid table finish last time around. Chelsea are among the favourites in the football betting odds to earn a Champions League spot for next year.
Elsewhere, Christian Atsu sealed a loan move to Championship side Newcastle United, while Juan Cuadrado makes yet another move to Italian giants Juventus, with the Turin based club having an option to sign the Colombian on a permanent basis at the end of the season. Chelsea now have a staggering 38 players out on loan, with American defender Matt Miazga and Brazilian forward Lucas Piazon heading to Vitesse and Fulham respectively.