See four Chelsea players tipped to leave in January transfer window
Here are four players that might depart Chelsea in the January transfer season, ranging from Timo Werner to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Thomas Tuchel has done an outstanding job of making everyone at Chelsea feel welcomed and developing a very peaceful dressing room since taking over from Frank Lampard.
With that said, the Blues do have a few periphery players who, for various reasons, may benefit from a move away when the next transfer market opens.
Marina Granovskaia, who is always wanting to make a profit and improve the transfer money, will be active in the run-up to the January transfer window, aiming to secure not just incoming but also exiting transactions.
When the transfer market opens in less than two months, these are four players who might depart Stamford Bridge.
Werner came to Stamford Bridge with a reputation as one of Europe’s best strikers, to the point that he was extensively linked with a transfer to Liverpool.
Instead, he signed a contract with the Blues, and in his debut season, he helped the team win the Champions League.
Werner has fallen down the Chelsea pecking order since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, and although Tuchel has used the two up forward at times, it is unclear if this is a long-term answer.
Cesc Fabregas, who is now sidelined for the Blues, turned to Twitter to remark that one of Werner’s problems is that his teammates don’t notice his runs and that he appears “fed up.”
A new beginning might be beneficial to all parties, and Newcastle, with their new owners, could be the appropriate location.
Since Tuchel joined halfway through last season, Rudiger has established himself as a key member of Tuchel’s defense.
Rudiger was contemplating quitting the club before his arrival, but his increased playing time and a Champions League winner’s medal persuaded him to remain.
However, his contract expires in the summer, and no new agreement has been reached.
Chelsea may decide to let him leave in January and reclaim a price rather than allowing him go for free in June.
Some of Europe’s greatest teams are interested in signing the German international, and although selling him to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich would be a blow, seeing him join one of them in the summer and missing out on a transfer fee would be much worse.
Barkley returned in the summer after spending last season on loan at Aston Villa, hoping to impress Tuchel.
The 27-year-old midfielder is in dire need of consistent playing time, and although he has pushed his way into the manager’s plans recently, it has only been as a substitute in the league and the Carabao Cup.
Barkley might press the issue and seek to leave if the minutes don’t improve in the next two months or so.
He’ll have many of suitors, from Burnley to Newcastle to Leeds United.
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Loftus-Cheek, another midfielder who spent last season on loan and returned to attempt to push his way into Chelsea’s starting lineup, has been in and out of the squad since September.
The Cobham academy product has all of the necessary attributes to become a fixture in the Blues lineup, but he will have to fight hard to dislodge N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic.
At 25, time is on his side, and with Tuchel’s words after the recent victory against Southampton: “We opted to insert Ruben because we were aware of their intense pressing in midfield but we still wanted to play through midfield,” Loftus-Cheek has a chance to carve out a part in this team.
However, the money Newcastle may give Chelsea in exchange for his talents may be too tempting to refuse.