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With long-term owner Roman Abramovich announcing last week that he has put the club up for sale due to ongoing behind-the-scenes problems, there is no doubt Chelsea would have been delighted to have a boost on the pitch at Turf Moor.
Thomas Tuchel’s men know they really have all eyes on them as they kicked off the second half as they stormed their way to a 4-0 match against relegation players Burnley.
With constant speculation surrounding Romelu Lukaku’s future after returning to Stamford Bridge last summer, a number of first-team stars are expected to be heading out of west London at the end of the season.
We need to sell if they’re going to try to pick people like Declan Rice this summer, and we’ve taken a look at a handful of Chelsea names that seem to be moving away.
When he returned from an injury problem last month and had to settle for a spot on the bench at Turf Moor this weekend, it looks like Andreas Christensen’s days at Stamford Bridge are coming to an end.
While Tuchel may have made it clear that he is keen on the Danish defender extending his stay in the Premier League, the 25-year-old reportedly moves closer to a switch to the Spanish giant Barcelona on a free transfer.
It’s no secret that Xavi’s new side are eager to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer, Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano announced last week that the two sides are on the verge of agreeing a deal.
While the German heavyweights, Borussia Dortmund, could also have been eager to sign a deal for Christensen when his Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season, all indications are that the 54-year-old national team player will move to Catalonia this summer.
With his costly penalty over the crossbar at Wembley in the EFL Cup final against Liverpool earlier this month, it looks like it could have been Kepa Arrizabalaga’s last contribution as a Chelsea player.
When you see Edouard Mendy come through the doors of Stamford Bridge last summer and immediately prove his worth between the bars, it’s hard to see where Kepa fits into Tuchel’s long – term plans for west London.
As he now has to accept his place as a £ 70million replacement, Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reported over the weekend that the 27-year-old goalkeeper could be handed a lifeline by one of his former bosses this summer.
With Chelsea reportedly keen to get Kepa’s salary out of their books, it was suggested on Saturday that Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri is keen to be reunited with the player he once had a very public altercation with at Wembley two years ago .
Hoping to test the Blues’ determination this summer, it is believed that Lazio are eager to agree to a loan switch.
Although Barcelona may be moving closer to a deal for Christensen, it appears the Spanish heavyweights have their sights set on grabbing yet another Chelsea defender on a free transfer this summer.
César Azpilicueta is helping Tuchel’s team win their first World Cup title last month, and César Azpilicueta is in his 10th season at Stamford Bridge and the Spanish defender has yet to make a decision on his future.
But while the former PSG boss may have stated that the 32-year-old has another deal on the table, The Sun reported over the weekend that Barca have become more confident that they can capture Azpilicueta’s signature.
When Fabrizio Romano reported that Xavi’s men are willing to offer a lucrative two-year deal with the option of a third, it has also been suggested that the iconic Chelsea captain lean towards a return to Spain this summer.
By cementing his place as one of the Premier League’s prominent central defenders this season, there is no doubt that fans around Stamford Bridge will become more and more nervous about Antonio Rüdiger’s future last summer.
Playing a crucial role when Chelsea claimed their second Champions League title last year, the German ace has formed a hugely impressive partnership with Thiago Silva.
But when Abramovich announced last week that he has put West London clothes up for sale, that statement has only cast more speculation on Rüdiger’s willingness to sign a new deal in the capital.
Sky Sports, which is able to leave a free transfer in just a few months, has also reported that the 29-year-old has a host of fans from all over Europe who are desperate to agree on a deal.
Along with Real Madrid, it has been suggested that PSG have also been in “constant dialogue” with Rüdiger’s representatives.