Chelsea’s January transfer activities have concluded but some players may already be eyeing a move out of Stamford Bridge this summer.

Thomas Tuchel managed to lock down all members of his senior squad with the only causalities occurring before his takeover.

Although kept his side intact, there may be a few individuals who wished a transaction had been made to take them away from Chelsea.

Andreas Christensen was cast out by Frank Lampard but the arrival of Tuchel potentially offered him salvation.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Andreas Christensen of Chelsea runs with the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Luton Town at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

This has not yet been the case. Chelsea’s new boss has so far opted for a back three instead of the customary four so often used by Lampard.

He has reinstalled Antonio Rudiger to his ranks, whilst also appointing Cesar Azpilicueta as the third defender alongside Thiago Silva.

Tuchel has overlooked his two other natural centre-backs in Christensen and Kurt Zouma.  

Instead, he selected the Spaniard who has previously played in this formation under Antonio Conte.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

With Chelsea being linked to Dayot Upamencano and David Alaba, it’s clear they are in the hunt for more central options in defence.

Christensen has been with the Blues since his academy days but the 24-year-old might want to search for greener pastures elsewhere.

Zouma may have similar doubts over his future. He too became an outcast towards the end of Lampard’s rein despite being a regular at the beginning of the campaign and hasn’t been able to break into Tuchel’s system.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 03, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Visionhaus)

The Frenchman was signed by the Blues back in 2014 but his career at Cobham may be coming to its conclusion.

Emerson Palmieri probably has the same thought process. Sky Sports suggested he was likely to be the last significant departure this month.

Nothing accumulated in his camp and therefore the Italian will be forced to endure more time on the side-lines.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 24: Emerson Palmieri of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Luton Town at Stamford Bridge on January 24, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

He has only made 10 appearances this season and is yet to feature for Tuchel.

This trend doesn’t seem to be changing any day soon because of the revival of Marcos Alonso at wing-back.

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