Jamie Carragher has predicted that Chelsea’s senior duo Willian and Pedro could both exit Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Willian, 31, is out of contract at the end of the season for the Blues and has been at the club since 2013.
The right-winger has been an important player this season for Frank Lampard’s side, scoring five goals and supplying five assists in 31 games across all competition.
According to the Evening Standard in January, Chelsea were in a contract stand-off with the Brazilian speed machine as he wants an increase on his current £110,000-a-week deal and longer than the one-year offer the club are prepared to make.
Meanwhile, Spanish attacker Pedro is also out of contract in West London at the end of the season and he appears to be slowing down.
Spanish publication Marca reported in January that Inter Miami and New York City are set to battle to sign the 32-year-old on a free transfer in the summer, with an exit fully expected.
He’s only made 13 first-team appearances all season and has slipped far down the pecking order.
Pundit Carragher explained that he thought both Willian and Pedro were heading for the exit doors at the end of the season, especially when Chelsea were fully linked with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.
The Blues have since confirmed (official website) on Thursday a deal to sign playmaker Ziyech in the summer and he will remain with Ajax for the rest of the season.
“It looks as though Ziyech is done. Willian seems to get linked somewhere every transfer window, particularly Barcelona. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened with him. Pedro is probably looking to go, he hasn’t played too much,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Weekend Preview podcast.
Chelsea as it stands will be going into next season with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Ziyech as their genuine wide options, although the latter is perhaps more dangerous in a central role.
Surely Lampard will need at least one more senior option for the wings, so keeping one of Willian or Pedro could make sense.
Alternatively, supporters may like to see another fresh face arrive in the summer and it’s positive that Chelsea have started extremely early with their transfer business.