The Blues are set for a busy rest of the month as they look to move on some of their lesser spotted first-team players
Chelsea are likely to allow a number of players to leave before the end of the month as they look to trim the wage bill at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues splashed out over £200m on new signings over the summer, and may have to let some of their current squad go if they wish to bring in any further big names.
Frank Lampard has no doubt already identified those he feels he could do without going forward.
And here is a look at five of those most likely to be allowed to depart over the coming weeks before the January transfer window slams shut…
What a disaster the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga has proved to be.
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has ended up being a massive flop at Stamford Bridge.
And after a dreadful 2019-20 campaign Lampard finally lost patience and brought in Edouard Mendy as his replacement in September.
Since then Kepa has made just one Premier League appearance, and surely the time has come for a fresh start for both him and the club.
A loan move this month ahead of a permanent departure in the summer could be the best option.
At one stage last season Fikayo Tomori looked like one of the brightest young prospects around.
But things have gone downhill since then for the 23-year-old defender, and Lampard confirmed following the club’s FA Cup win over Morecambe that Tomori was set for a loan move this month.
He has been linked with the likes of Leeds and Newcastle, but AC Milan are another potentially intriguing possibility, with the Italian giants known to be keen on a short-term defensive addition.
Wherever he ends up, Tomori will no doubt be desperate to prove his worth and gain some valuable first-team experience.
With Chelsea well-stocked in the left-back department, Emerson Palmieri looks to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian has made only two appearances in the Premier League so far this season and appears to have completely fallen out of favour with his manager.
Interest is being shown from Italy, with Inter Milan, Juventus and Napoli all touted as potential suitors.
But Emerson’s agent recently told Inside Futbol: “It’s difficult to say anything at the moment. There have been no official offers. I’ve not had any offers to find out [if Chelsea will sell].”
If Emerson is not able to be sold, Chelsea may decide to let Marcos Alonso leave instead.
Following the arrival of Ben Chilwell Alonso has found his game time limited.
And when he did get an opportunity to shine he reportedly had a furious row with Lampard after a 3-3 draw with West Brom earlier this season.
After four-and-a-half seasons at the club, the time may well have come for Alonso to seek a new challenge.
Atletico Madrid appear to be the most likely option at the moment.
You may well have forgotten that Danny Drinkwater is still on Chelsea’s books.
But the former Leicester Premier League winner remains at Stamford Bridge with a contract lasting until next summer.
Drinkwater was sent on largely unsuccessful loan moves to Burnley and Aston Villa last season.
And his next move could well be outside England, with Turkish side Kasimpasa in talks over a loan until the end of the current campaign.