Chelsea reportedly plan to trim their squad, with five players allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.
After struggling to sell players last summer, it is not a surprise that Chelsea will try again this month.
While having a bigger squad means Frank Lampard will have more options, it is much harder to keep them happy, particularly those who don’t feature regularly.
According to a report from Eurosport, Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for five fringe players: Kepa Arrizalabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Drinkwater and Antonio Conte signing Antonio Rudiger.
Aside from Drinkwater, those mentioned played big parts last season before losing their spots to summer signings.
Edouard Mendy is now Chelsea’s main man between the sticks, while Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell have become regular names in defence, which has left Rudiger, who Lampard described as ‘quality’ last season (Chelsea official website), way down the pecking order..
Eurosport’s report also claims the Chelsea hierarchy feels there were enough arrivals in the summer for this season.
They are reportedly not planning any major signing in January unless West Ham’s Declan Rice becomes available at a reasonable price.
This would be expected since, so far, the summer signings have yet to really gel with the team. Adding more new players could make things even more complicated.
Kai Havertz, for example, needs time to learn and adapt to the Premier League according to Mateo Kovacic.