Quartet set to leave as Chelsea look to balance books after Havertz swoop

Date published: Saturday 5th September 2020 1:12

Chelsea may offload four players to balance the books after completing another big money signing, according to a report.

Kai Havertz became the most expensive signing of Chelsea’s busy transfer window on Friday night. The midfielder moves to Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of £70m.

With the Blues having already spent big on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell in recent months, they may now have to turn their attention to sales.

Chelsea’s total summer spending is in the region of £200m, and could increase further. They are still targeting Declan Rice from West Ham and a new goalkeeper.

Therefore, they will have to make some sales to make room for all their new additions. And the Daily Star have outlined four players who could be shown the door.

First on the list is Emerson Palmieri. The left-back faces more competition for his place after the arrival of Chilwell, and has been linked with a return to Italy.

Emerson joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018, but has rotated with Marcos Alonso for a starting spot. Now, one of them will have to leave – and Emerson is the most likely.

Inter Milan want to take the Italy international back to Serie A. And the player’s agent has not hidden that interest – although he is yet to speak with the club.

Another player who could return to Italy is Jorginho. Maurizio Sarri brought the midfielder to Chelsea from Napoli two years ago, but the Brazilian-born player hasn’t always impressed.

Jorginho’s form improved last season and he became vice-captain. However, Chelsea have plenty of options in midfield, meaning there may not be enough room for him.

Juventus wanted Jorginho when Sarri was still in charge there, but his dismissal may have changed things.

Like Emerson, Jorginho’s agent has confirmed that there have been no official offers for the midfielder.


Two more tipped to leave

And there could be a third move from Chelsea to Serie A – with AC Milan wanting a reunion with Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The midfielder has not lived up to his price tag since his 2017 move from Monaco. He spent last season on loan at his former club, but the year before that on loan at Milan – who now want him back.

This time, Bakayoko is close to returning to San Siro on a permanent basis.

And the final player who could be leaving Chelsea is Fikayo Tomori. The defender was one of the youngsters to benefit from Frank Lampard’s faith in youth last season, but he has not played since February.

With Thiago Silva adding competition to the Blues’ backline and Declan Rice potentially doing the same if he joins, Tomori will not have as many first team opportunities next season.

However, Chelsea still believe in him, having handed him a long-term contract last season. Therefore, they would only be willing to let him leave on loan.

Tomori could either build up experience in the Premier League or abroad. Everton have joined Rennes in considering a move for him.


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