Chelsea report: EIGHT players named in incredible Blues clearout
Chelsea are set to get rid of eight players, as the Todd Boehly revolution continues in west London.
The US businessman took over the Blues last summer with Clearlake Capital and has wasted no time putting his print on the Premier League. Chelsea have spent over £600 million in two transfer windows, dramatically reshaping the transfer market and breaking the English record for a signing with the last face through the door, Enzo Fernandez.
But such growth is seen to be unsustainable at Stamford Bridge – and this summer will see the mass exodus of lots of stars, including fan favourites.
Now, the Evening Standard reports that eight first-teamers will be jettisoned this summer. 33 players are on the books at current, with a number of high-profile names having to be omitted from the Blues' Champions League squad for the knockouts.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are all expected to leave, with reported interest for some of them in January. Edouard Mendy is a surprise name linked with an exit, while new Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel is said to be in for Mateo Kovacic.
The times, meanwhile, are reporting that Bayern are also in for Mason Mount. The midfielder is yet to agree new terms on a contract and has been a target for Liverpool.
According to Football Insider in January, Raheem Sterling was on the transfer list already – though the Mail later reported that the England international was happy in the capital.
Chelsea currently sit in midtable in the Premier League after a disappointing season in which Graham Potter has had to adjust to the influx of new signings.
The Blues face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
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