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Chelsea forward exits could hit four with Ziyech talks held; Hudson-Odoi departure terms clarified

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi could bring Chelsea’s attacking exits to four this summer, with a report detailing the latest on their potential departures.

The forwards at Thomas Tuchel’s disposal could soon look unrecognisable compared to last season. On the arrivals front, Raheem Sterling has joined, though isn’t expected to be the last in that regard.

Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on loan, while Timo Werner’s permanent exit back to RB Leipzig should cross the line today (Tuesday).

However, Tuchel could also be without a pair of wingers when the September 1 deadline rolls around.

Indeed, both Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are being tipped to depart Stamford Bridge. The latter reportedly made Chelsea aware of his desire to leave in search of regular game-time, per Sky Sports News.

Now, a report from the Telegraph has provided a fresh update on what the future holds for the pair.

Hudson-Odoi exit unlikely to be permanent

Firstly, any Hudson-Odoi exit is likely to revolve around a loan, not permanent exit.

That is reportedly the player’s preference as well as Chelsea’s and given his age (21) and potential, the loan route looks by far the most sensible option for all involved.

Leicester City and Southampton have both been credited with interest from within the Premier League. The Foxes’ interest could tie in with Chelsea’s pursuit of Wesley Fofana.

The Blues have seen two bids for the French centre-half rejected so far. A world record bid for a defender could soon be on the way and the Independent detailed how close Leicester are to breaking point.

From further afield, Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund are in the equation. In fact, Sky recently reported talks over a loan switch to Germany have already begun between the club and player’s representatives. 

Ziyech to AC Milan on the cards

Ziyech, meanwhile, has been on AC Milan’s radar throughout the summer.

The Moroccan, 29, is also likely to leave on loan with the Telegraph noting he is ‘still keen’ on a move away.

Serie A champions Milan have held talks over signing the assist king on loan. However, it’s claimed his future isn’t likely to be determined quickly.

The report concludes a Ziyech transfer ‘will not be decided until the final weeks’ of the window.

The deadline is on September 1, giving Chelsea just over three weeks to conduct their remaining business.

Who will Tuchel have left?

Should the exits tally reach four, Tuchel will be left with just five frontline attackers. Michy Batshuayi is also on the books but is free to leave if a suitable offer is lodged.

Tuchel will therefore have just Sterling, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja to call upon.

Five proven forwards is far from a disaster, though for a club that will hope to challenge on four fronts, it may not be enough.

Indeed, Liverpool came as close as any English side has to completing the quadruple last season. Klopp had seven senior frontmen to rely upon: Salah, Mane, Firmino, Jota, Diaz, Minamino and Origi.

A sixth option is likely to be added before the summer window closes. One current candidate on Chelsea’s radar is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.