Report: Chelsea put three defenders up for sale, they’re worried about FIFA regulations

Chelsea have reportedly put Xavier Mbuyamba, Matt Miazga and Baba Rahman up for sale this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, the trio may be permanently surplus to requirements as the club look to avoid breaking FIFA’s new regulations regarding loans.

Baba endured a successful loan spell with Reading in the Championship last season, helping them survive in the second division despite a six-point deduction.

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Miazga also spent 18 months with the Berkshire side, but has also experienced spells in France, Holland, Spain and Belgium following his bizarre transfer from New York Red Bulls in 2016.

Mbuyamba is the one of the trio there is the most hope around, with the 20-year-old becoming a stalwart in the Under 23s side competing in the Premier League 2 and the EFL trophy.

Chelsea put three defenders up for sale

After joining from Barcelona, there was a lot of hype about the future of the centre-back, with him tipped to become a staple of the top level in the coming years.

However, while the Blues may prefer a loan kind of deal for the Dutchman, the Evening Standard claim the club are conscious of the regulations that stop them loaning too many players out this summer.

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Thomas Tuchel has been openly frustrated with how the club have been unable to shift their assets this summer, with it potentially limiting their transfer activity throughout the window.

Baba particularly has been rumoured to have a number of suitors, with Reading and Middlesbrough linked with bringing him back to the Championship.

The club may be further kicking themselves that one of their outgoing loans this summer is already taken by Romelu Lukaku, with the Blues unable to agree a permanent fee from Inter Milan over a deal.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.