'This is true': Romano confirms Chelsea don't want three loan players back next season

Fabrizio Romano stated that Chelsea will look to offload Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer.

Speaking on the George Benson Football channel, Romano was discussing possible transfers that could occur at Stamford Bridge in the coming months.

A lot of talk has been about signings coming in, but focus must also be directed towards outgoings.

Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, and Bakayoko are three from a long list of names currently on loaned out by Chelsea.

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Both of the English midfielders have faced a tricky spell with their current clubs.

Barkley started brightly at Aston Villa, but quickly faded following a hamstring injury in November.

In more unfortunate circumstances, Loftus-Cheek struggled to shine during Fulham’s relegation campaign.

Bakayoko has fared slightly better with Napoli, yet still looks a shade of the player Chelsea signed back in 2017.

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Returning to Thomas Tuchel’s squad ahead of next season is the likely goal for the trio.  

However, Romano admitted their Blues future looks very uncertain.   

When asked if Barkley and Loftus-Cheek were viewed as surplus goods, he said: “Yes, this is true.

“They will look for solution for them, absolutely. Chelsea are not going to give a player for free.

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“They will be available if an important bid arrives.  

“Also, I think Bakayoko is coming back to Chelsea and they will try sell him immediately.”

TEAMtalk reported that West Ham United might be willing to take a punt on Barkley, whilst the Express say Southampton are interested in Loftus-Cheek.

Tuchel might well welcome in on any one of the returning loanees. However, his attentions are probably fixed elsewhere right now.

Chronicle View

I’m okay with Bakayoko and Barkley leaving.

But I’m slightly sceptical about letting Loftus-Cheek go.

He still hasn’t truly reached his full potential.

Whether that’s because of injury or the constant change of manager, the 25-year-old is yet to hit his peak.

Tuchel could well transform him into the star we’ve all hoped for, so I think he should at least be given a chance.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.