Blues have deadwood to offload
Chelsea may not be able to sign any new players until next summer but there are members of their squad they should still look to offload.
The English transfer window may have closed earlier this month, but many of the other teams across Europe can still sign new players up until the start of September.
That means Premier League clubs can still offload some of their unwanted stars over the course of the next few weeks and Chelsea are one of the sides that may look to trim down what remains a bloated squad, but which players’ time at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end?
Things just have not worked out for France international Bakayoko since he arrived at Chelsea from Monaco for a reported £40million in 2017 as, after a difficult first season with the club, he was shipped out on loan to AC Milan for the 2018-19 campaign.
Since returning to west London, Bakayoko’s opportunities under Frank Lampard have been less than limited as he has yet to feature in a match-day squad this term and a summer exit now appears to be on the cards.
A return to Monaco seems to be the most likely option for the 25-year-old, with the latest reports suggesting the Ligue 1 club want to take their former midfielder on loan for the season.
There appears to be something about the summer of 2017 for Chelsea as, like Bakayoko, Italy full-back Zappacosta joined the club from Torino during that time.
The 27-year-old has been very much a back-up player during his time at Stamford Bridge as he has started just 13 Premier League games.
However, he could now be set for a return to Serie A, with reports suggesting he is close to joining Roma on a season-long loan deal and will undergo a medical with the Giallorossi later this week.
While Zappacosta has never done anything too much wrong during his time with Chelsea and has provided adequate cover, he is probably not a player that will live long in the memory of Blues supporters.
Many people may have forgotten that Brazilian Kenedy was even still on the books at Stamford Bridge, but he is still under contract with the club until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old returned from an 18-month loan spell with Newcastle during the summer, although his impact at St James’ Park decreased as time went by.
It certainly does not feel like Kenedy has what it takes to break into the Chelsea first-team, but there are not exactly a queue of clubs lining up to sign him.
Indeed, Chelsea may have to up their game if they are to offload Kenedy before the end of the summer, otherwise the Brazilian could end up remaining with the club until his contract expires.
Belgium star Batshuayi seems the least likely of the players on this list to leave Chelsea this summer and it is unlikely that Lampard will want to sanction his departure, however, the 25-year-old may himself request a transfer given his lack of involvement since returning from a loan spell with Crystal Palace.
Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham both appear to be ahead of Batshuayi in the pecking order and he has not even made the bench for either of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this season.
Batshuayi has proven in the past he can be a success on the continent, his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2018 shows that, and he won’t be short of suitors if he makes it clear to Chelsea he would like to move elsewhere.