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Chelsea have eight players that could depart after signing Mudryk, Badiashile and Madueke

Chelsea have eight players that could depart after signing Mudryk, Badiashile and Madueke

As part of Todd Boehly’s extensive overhaul of the squad, Chelsea are set to initiate plans to move unwanted players out of the club before the summer transfer window.

The Blues have sent shockwaves through the transfer market by signing six players in January alone.

Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, and Cesare Casadei were all acquired for approximately £220 million in the summer.

The Blues have signed Noni Madueke, David Datro Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, and Andrey Santos for approximately £150 million, with Malo Gusto and Enzo Fernandez possibly to follow.

The bloated size of Chelsea’s squad necessitates an exodus of departures in January and the summer to reduce their wage bill, with The Telegraph reporting that as many as six players could leave in order to balance the books.

Since Chelsea has spent nearly £500 million on players since May of 2022, SportsDias examines eight players who could be sold to generate revenue.

Hakim Ziyech

Since his return from the World Cup, the Moroccan’s club performance has vastly improved, generating considerable interest.

After three years with the Blues, the 30-year-old appears likely to depart, with Newcastle, Everton, and AC Milan all interested.

If there is an option or even a mandatory clause to make the deal permanent, Chelsea may be willing to authorize his initial loan departure. Due to the player’s age, however, it is unlikely that they will raise more than £15 million.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Six months after signing for £12 million from Barcelona, Aubameyang is on the fringes at Stamford Bridge after his coach Thomas Tuchel was fired seven days after his arrival.

The Gabonese cannot sit on the bench for the remainder of his contract due to his weekly salary of £200,000, and it may be best for all involved if he finds another club. Their hopes may hinge on a Middle Eastern club offering to absorb the 33-year-old’s enormous salary in the summer.

Christian Pulisic

Pulisic, who was acquired for £58 million from Borussia Dortmund four years ago, has struggled at Stamford Bridge. 

If the American has been fit, his form has been inconsistent, and his lack of starts has left him frustrated. Now that injuries have struck Chelsea, the 23-year-old has joined the injured players in the physio room.

After displaying his talent at the World Cup, there would be considerable interest in the United States international, but a knee injury has eliminated any possibility of a midseason transfer. 

With his contract expiring in 18 months and no renewal in sight, the Blues are likely to cash in on Pulisic this summer while they still can.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Last summer, Chelsea attempted to prevent Azpilicueta’s free transfer to Barcelona by granting him an automatic one-year contract extension; however, after reaching the 500-appearance mark, the Spaniard appears likely to depart.

Under Potter, Azpilicueta is a reserve player, and the acquisition of Lyon fullback Gusto would almost certainly signal the end of his stellar Chelsea career. In June, he will become a free agent, and a return to La Liga after more than a decade would be a logical next step.

Kai Havertz

Under Potter, he has scored five league goals this season, and Chelsea is aware that any sale would likely result in a loss on their £72 million investment from three years ago.

Reported interest from Bayern Munich has clouded the 23-year-, old’s future although he is believed to be settled in England. The champion of the Champions League will face competition for his position beginning in the upcoming season, when RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku arrives.

Jorginho

The 31-year-old remains a regular member of Chelsea’s first team, but his future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain. His contract is set to expire this summer, and the club and his agent, Joao Santos, have yet to reach a settlement.

If Chelsea extends N’Golo Kante’s contract and signs Fernandez or Moises Caicedo during the current transfer window, Jorginho could be allowed to leave west London after five years.

Edouard Mendy

The fact that Mendy has been sidelined due to injury has done little to dispel rumors that the goalkeeper may leave the club this summer. 

The 30-year-old was instrumental in the club’s Champions League triumph in 2021, but his form has deteriorated over the past year to the point where Kepa Arrizabalaga reclaimed his position as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper prior to his injury.

Mendy is requesting parity with Arrizabalaga in terms of their contracts, resulting in a current impasse. Instead, Chelsea may decide to sell the keeper in order to fund the summer acquisition of a new starting goalkeeper, with David Raya among the names mentioned.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Chelsea panicked when they paid £34 million for the Napoli center-back, despite his upcoming 32nd birthday. Having spent the majority of his career in Italy, the Senegalese has found the transition to a faster league challenging.

The centre-back could be pushed out of the team after Badiashile’s arrival this month, and a return to Serie A cannot be ruled out following a disappointing Premier League tenure.

Chelsea have eight players that could depart after signing Mudryk, Badiashile and Madueke

Chelsea have eight players that could depart after signing Mudryk, Badiashile and Madueke

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