Report: Chelsea trio consider leaving after Chukwuemeka's arrival

Report: Three Chelsea players all now considering leaving Stamford Bridge after Chukwuemeka's arrival

Chelsea players Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour are all reportedly expected to consider leaving Stamford Bridge during this current transfer window.

According to The Athletic, the aforementioned trio are likely to weigh up their futures in the aftermath of the Blues completing the transfer of 18-year-old central midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.

The report explains midfielders Barkley, Loftus-Cheek and Gilmour could look at options to leave now before the window shuts on 1 September.

It’s nothing concrete at this stage, but perhaps Chelsea announcing their squad numbers for the upcoming season does give a clue regarding the futures of certain players.

Chukwuemeka, along with Loftus-Cheek have both been given squad numbers. In contrast, Barkley and Gilmour are omitted for now.

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Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Gimour consider leaving

It’s been claimed Chelsea will allow 28-year-old Barkley to be sold amid interest from Everton and Aston Villa, so it’ll be interesting to see if there are any more developments on his future.

Elsewhere, 21-year-old playmaker Gilmour is linked with a loan to Everton.

For 26-year-old Loftus-Cheek, it feels like he could play a role in the squad this season with his versatility to play midfield or even at wing-back. Will anybody step forward to try get his signature, though?

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Blues Midfield

It looks like there may be a small reshuffle when it comes to the midfield options for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to select from.

He’s got the usual suspects of senior players N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. They’ve decided to integrate Conor Gallagher into the group after his eye-catching loan at Crystal Palace last season, though.

Tuchel reportedly believes that teenage signing Chukwuemeka is ready to contribute to the senior team immediately, too.

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