August 19, 2022

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Four big-name players linked with potential Chelsea exits

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Chelsea have added Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling to their squad so far this summer, but they clearly need to do more in the transfer market if they are to realistically challenge for the Premier League title and other honours in 2022-23.

The centre-back duo of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left following the expiration of their contracts, while Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has moved to Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

Manager Thomas Tuchel would love to bolster his squad, and while that should not be an issue under the Blues’ new ownership, more major exits appear to be on the cards.

According to transfer expert Dean Jones, the quartet of Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner could all still leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The journalist told Give Me Sport that Barcelona remain keen on the Spanish left-back, while AC Milan are keeping tabs on the Moroccan attacker as he is not part of Tuchel’s plans going forward.

Dreadful?

Chelsea would be making some considerable cash if they manage to sell the four players, but whether that is possible remains to be seen.

The Blues’ summer transfer plans have not gone according to plans, with Barca pipping them to some key targets.

Brazilian forward Raphinha and French centre-back Jules Kounde both reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea, but the La Liga heavyweights won the race for their signatures in the end.

Ousmane Dembele was also widely tipped to move to Stamford Bridge after his last contract with Barca expired, but he has since penned a new two-year deal with the Catalans.

The Spanish giants could deal another major blow on Chelsea’s first-team plans soon, and with Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta also linked with them, Tuchel could see his backline get further depleted.

The defensive duo are entering the final year of their contracts, and losing two key players for free at the end of next season will be bad business for the club.

Their 4-0 pre-season shellacking at the hands of Arsenal a few days ago highlights the plenty of work the German boss still needs to get done this summer, and losing four big-name players without bringing in replacements is not going to help.

Ziyech, Pulisic and Werner were not regulars in the Chelsea starting XI last season, and it appears nothing will change should they remain at the club beyond transfer deadline day.

While Sterling’s addition is a massive boost for the Blues’ attack, they need to sign another out-and-out striker.

The Germany international has shown that he does not have what it takes to lead the line for the club on a consistent basis, and they cannot rely solely on his compatriot Kai Havertz.

Manchester City and Liverpool remain the sides to beat if Chelsea want to win the Premier League in 2022-23, but they will struggle to achieve a top-four finish if they fail to make necessary changes to their current squad.

With roughly a month left in the market, the West London outfit need to get to work and get things done before they run out of precious time.

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