Chelsea have continued to make large transfers, spending more than £100 million this month, which may require them to offload a number of players before the transfer window shuts.
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As Todd Boehly’s project continues, they followed up their summer spending spree, which exceeded the £200 million milestone, by spending well over £100 million. A recruitment effort that is reminiscent of Roman Abramovich’s early days in west London has been supported by the American.
However, with financial fair play in place today, teams must be a little bit more savvy with their ins and outs. They managed to buy Mykhailo Mudryk, who was just shy of £90 million, before their London rivals Arsenal. Benoit Badiashile, a highly regarded Monaco center back, was acquired for more than £30 million, while the Blues also paid a loan fee to recruit Joao Felix for the balance of the season.
Graham Potter’s player are battling with their form. Although plagued by several injuries, their star-studded team has struggled to click as the former Brighton manager looks for a winning formula. He wants to leave his mark on the team, which may involve cutting a number of players.
For the first time in west London, Potter has the opportunity to both add to and reduce his team. We examine who might be moving on to greener pastures as a result of potential departures of certain marginal players.
Over the previous 12 months, the forward has lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. Although he moved to Barcelona after leaving Arsenal, he only stayed there for a few months before returning to London. In the Premier League, Aubameyang was once quite productive, but he has had trouble regaining that form.
He has only scored once in the league and has done little to help Chelsea’s problems in the final third, which is why they went after Felix. Aubameyang, now in his 30s, would not command a high fee but could be considered surplus at Stamford Bridge.
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Another player who could be snubbed by Chelsea’s growing forward options. Despite his obvious talent, the Moroccan has been unable to secure a first-team spot since joining the Blues. He appears to be at the bottom of the pecking order, and the arrival of Mudryk will only exacerbate his problems.
There has previously been interest from Serie A clubs, and if Ziyech has ambitions to become a regular, he may choose to leave with the club capable of receiving a reasonably fee.
When it comes to the Italian, who is still a key member of the starting XI, it may be time to cut your losses. Jorginho has recovered from a shaky start at Chelsea, but his contract will expire in the summer.
As the talks progress, there is talk of him returning to Italy, and the player’s agent has mentioned a possible return to Napoli. Last month, he stated: “Napoli represented our home in Italy, [Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli greatly appreciates the boy, for us it is a special club. If there was a new interest, we would be happy, but at the moment Napoli have not had contact with us.”
This would certainly come as a surprise, but reports have circulated that the west Londoners would be willing to let Sterling go just months after signing him from Manchester City. England’s star, whose output has declined in recent years, has only scored six goals this season.