Chelsea outcast to be offered lifeline with switch to Aston Villa


Chelsea could look to cash in on an out of favour forward before his contract expires next summer with Aston Villa emerging as a potential suitor.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea revolution has breathed new life into the Blues’ squad, but while many youngsters the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have been given their big breakthroughs, a handful of more established stars have been marginalised.

Spanish forward Pedro is one man who has fallen down the pecking order, with Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and fellow veteran Willian all seemingly ahead of him in the ranks.

With just seven months remaining before he becomes a free agent, the Daily Telegraph report that Chelsea could look to move him on for a small fee rather than allow him to leave for free.

Aston Villa have been installed as the early favourites, with the British newspaper writing: “Dean Smith will look to bolster his attack in January and a cut-price deal for Pedro may be possible.”

With the Blues’ transfer ban recently lifted, the Telegraph believe “Lampard could freshen up his squad and let players go to get regular football elsewhere,” with Pedro the first to depart.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Lampard’s winter transfer plans, with a host of players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.



An ex-Chelsea centre-half and part-time left back has already been touted, while a blockbuster deal that would upset cross-town rivals Crystal Palace has also been put forward.

Another name in a similar position to Pedro that could soon be packing his bags is left-back Marcos Alonso.

With Emerson Palmieri preferred at times and Cesar Azpilicueta switching to left-back to accommodate Reece James on the opposite flank, a loan move for Alonso back to Italy has been suggested.