Six Chelsea players are expected to leave in January as Thomas Tuchel prepares for a managerial change.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to bring any new players to the club in January, but there might be a slew of departures as he attempts to clean out some of the deadwood. While the German has reaped the benefits of having a huge squad this season, it’s evident that Chelsea has too many players at their disposal, with a lot of outcasts still to be given opportunities. With that in mind, Express Sport has looked at six players who might go in January.
Tuchel has made it clear that he does not want to lose Christensen, but with the Dane yet to sign a new deal, January is the club’s last chance to get a fee for him.
Should he fail to secure a new contract, the Chelsea academy graduate will be able to leave on a free transfer in the summer.
The Blues have sufficient backup at centre-back to allow him to depart, and with discussions deadlocked, it’s still a possibility.
Following Christensen’s loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, AC Milan has expressed interest, but a return to the Bundesliga is also a possibility.
Given his paucity of playing time this season, he’s an apparent possibility for a departure.
Despite the fact that Barkley has gradually re-entered the picture, it’s evident that his greatest chance of playing consistently rests elsewhere.
Burnley wanted to sign a player on deadline day, but it was too late. Another loan deal in the Premier League may be useful.
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If Malang Sarr is keen to play frequently, he might possibly go on loan.
After spending last season with Porto in Portugal, he returned to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from Nice.
Sarr has impressed everytime he has been called upon, and he has a future at Chelsea, but he is still a long way down the pecking order.
The centre-back came close to joining Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga on deadline day, but the deal fell through.
Saul Niguez has had a difficult time since joining Chelsea on deadline day from Atletico Madrid.
After a shaky debut against Aston Villa, the Spaniard has failed to force his way into the starting lineup.
Chelsea are unlikely to use their option to sign him on a permanent basis, and Atletico may consider returning him if he is still not playing by the start of the new year.
This season, the Chelsea midfielder has been playing for the club’s Under-23 team, indicating that he is probably certain to leave in January.
Baker was once considered one of the club’s finest prospects, but he has struggled to make an impact after eight loan trips.
The 26-year-old has previously played for Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Reding, Fortuna Dusseldorf, and Trabzonspor, but has yet to play for Chelsea on a full-time basis.
His contract ends this summer, but given his lack of first-team experience, Chelsea would be willing to trade him in January.
Musonda’s deal with the Blues is slated to end in June 2022, meaning he might leave in January.
Following a posterior cruciate ligament injury, doctors told the Belgian he had just a 20% chance of returning to play.
His value soared while on loan at Real Betis, but it has subsequently plummeted following disappointing loan stints with Celtic and Vitesse.
When the transfer market reopens, though, Chelsea would be willing to assist Musonda in finding the ideal club for him to take the next step in his career…