Chelsea could look to sell four players in the January transfer window to balance the books, according to a report.
The Blues spent around £250m on signings over the summer. Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell were among the most costly players to arrive.
In contrast, they did not raise much money from player sales – so they may look to offload some fringe players in January.
With 25 players in their senior squad, there is a lot of competition for places at Stamford Bridge. Therefore, some of the lesser-used members of the squad may begin to grow unsettled.
A report from Football.London has outlined four players for whom that may be the case.
Three of the players mentioned are left-backs. With Chilwell arriving as first-choice for the position, others will feel they deserve more of a chance elsewhere.
Emerson Palmieri was heavily linked with an exit during the summer, amid rumours of a potential return to Italy for the former Roma and Palermo full-back.
However, despite the apparent interest of Inter Milan, nothing materialised. But Emerson could be on the market again when the next transfer window comes around.
The 26-year-old will be keen to keep his hopes of playing for Italy at next summer’s Euros alive – and he has already admitted he wants to play for a club where he feels as “important” as he does while on international duty.
Emerson has not played at all in the Premier League so far this season, being restricted to just League Cup appearances. Therefore, he could consider his future in the winter market.
Another left-back whose long-term future has come into question is Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard has generally been ahead of Emerson in the pecking order in recent years, but the arrival of Chilwell means neither are guaranteed regular football any more.
Alonso has not played for Chelsea since a falling out during their shock draw with West Brom earlier this season. After also considering a move away in the summer, he could leave in January.
However, Football.London speculate that the defender may have to leave on loan with an option to buy. His contract still runs until 2023.
The report also adds a third left-back into the mix of those who could depart Stamford Bridge. Baba Rahman is something of a forgotten man, having not played for Chelsea since 2016.
However, he remains under contract after a series of loans away. He was unable to secure an exit in the summer transfer window despite links with a Championship switch.
After leaving him out of their Premier League squad, Chelsea are now looking to sell him before his contract expires in 2022. However, they may find it difficult to demand a high sum for the 26-year-old, who struggled with injuries last season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga also up for sale
The fourth and final player Football.London suggest could leave Chelsea is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations since becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in history two years ago. He has made a number of errors, which have led to Lampard dropping him on several occasions.
Chelsea brought in extra competition for his place by signing Edouard Mendy in the summer, and have raised eyebrows by adding retired Petr Cech to their Premier League squad list.
Kepa is no longer first choice, and Chelsea were willing to sell him for half of the £72m they paid for him this summer – but no buyer was even prepared to pay their discounted amount.
The situation may be different when January arrives, though, so Chelsea will try again to cut their losses on the keeper in a few months.
If Chelsea can sell all four players, they could raise around £50m to sign other targets, according to Football.London.