Report: Lampard deems five Chelsea players surplus to requirements; plans to sell

Chelsea are reportedly planning to bolster their transfer budget by offloading five players, but are keen to keep both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.

The Blues have already announced Hakim Ziyech as Frank Lampard’s first signing as Chelsea manager back in February.

But, after their transfer ban, he would be keen to bring in more additions to his squad after failing to do so in January.

According to a report from ESPN, Lampard has identified five players as surplus to requirements and plans to sell them to funds summer transfers.

The report claims those five are Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Michy Batshuayi, and two on-loan players: Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) and Davide Zappacosta (Roma).

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Alonso and Emerson have both failed to cement their spot as first-choice left-back this season and Chelsea are still looking to sign Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, the report claims.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi has fallen further behind in the pecking order as Lampard opted to deploy Olivier Giroud in Tammy Abraham’s absence in the last few games.

Also, the Belgium international’s contract will expire next year, therefore it makes sense if Chelsea want to cash in on him this summer.

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The report further added that, despite reports linking Kante to Real Madrid and Jorginho to Juventus, Lampard plans to keep the two midfielders.

Regarding the reported potential swap deal involving Jorginho and Miralem Pjanic, ESPN claims Lampard does not have any particular interest in the latter.

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