Chelsea face an uncertain future as the club’s ownership is unclear beyond this season while Roman Abramovich is trying to sell.
The transaction got a bit out of hand after he saw his assets frozen, which resulted in multiple sanctions Chelsea.
Interest has come from London, America and the Middle East, with a preferred bidder to be announced shortly. Meanwhile, action continues on the pitch as Thomas Tuchel and the Blues look to defend their European crown while still in contention for the title FA Cup.
However, they cannot negotiate deals with their current squad as transfer activities are currently banned. Despite this, summer planning continues as the Blues seek a first win First League Title since 2017. We look at which individuals are safe and who are likely to move on.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – Going Nowhere
He may not be happy with the title but the Spaniard is comfortably Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper and is unlikely to be ousted from that role. The Blues have invested huge sums in Kepa and even if he is no longer No. 1 they will be reluctant to let him go.
Edouard Mendy – First choice
The Ghanaian has cemented his place as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper this season, making some great saves in games where his side have won by a single goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta – Out of contract
Chelsea’s precarious situation could hit their captain more than most. The Spaniard has won every possible honor since joining the Blues and his leadership is needed more than ever but currently he faces the prospect of leaving for nothing.
Marcos Alonso – For sale
The Spaniard has overseen several terms at Stamford Bridge and has appeared marginalized in the past before bouncing back, underlining his importance. Now, at 31, one gets the impression that Chelsea would be willing to sell for the right money.
Antonio Ruediger – Contractless
Rudiger’s future was a topic of conversation for most of the season and it was becoming clear that the German would leave Chelsea even before the sanctions were imposed on the club. He wants mega money when he signs his new contract and despite his standing in west London, it doesn’t look like he’ll get it in the Premier League.
Thiago Silva – First choice
He seems to get better and better with age. Silva signed a new contract earlier this season, keeping him at Chelsea for another year. Tuchel has continued to lean on the Brazilian, who has set up the Blues’ defense effectively.
Trevoh Chalobah – Going Nowhere
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough year and probably enjoyed more minutes than he expected this season. Chelsea’s defensive options could be severely affected this summer, which could benefit Chalobah even if he’s not yet a regular.
Andreas Christensen – Contractless
Much like Rudiger, it looked like Christensen was ready to seek new pastures even before Chelsea were hit by their sanctions list. Barcelona seems his most likely target as the Dane is unlikely to make a U-turn even if he was allowed to.
Reece James – First choice
The right-back’s season was firmly on the upswing before the injury struck. James has established himself on the flank and seems perfectly suited to the full-back role demanded by Tuchel, making perfect use of his attacking and defensive qualities.
Ben Chilwell – First choice
On James’ other side, his English counterpart also had a hugely impressive season before being injured in a Champions League game. If he returns and produces anything like the form he was, he’ll be a regular again quickly.
Jorginho – First choice
The Italian is now one of the first names on the squad list, which seemed hard to believe in his first season at Chelsea. His distribution skills at the base of midfield have been instrumental in the team’s recent success.
N’Golo Kante – First choice
Alongside Jorginho, Kante has formed a highly effective duo whose consistent energy and ability to break up play is vital to the Blues. No doubt there will always be interest in players like Kante but Chelsea will not be interested in selling.
Mateo Kovacic – Going Nowhere
Kovacic probably wouldn’t start in a cup final tomorrow if everyone was fit, but that shouldn’t belittle his importance to Tuchel and his side. Something of a cross between Jorginho and Kante, the Croatian has made several memorable appearances for the club, which is underscored by the many opportunities he gets.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Going Nowhere
The academy graduate probably hasn’t thrived in recent years with multiple loan periods in the way many might have expected. Despite all his qualities, Loftus-Cheek could not displace the current regulars in midfield. Chelsea have previously dismissed interest in him and you would expect them to do so again.
Ross Barkley – For Sale
Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and it looked like his Blues career could be coming to an end. Tuchel has given him minutes throughout the campaign but he’s kind of in the pecking order and if the right offer comes along, the player himself could try to move on.
Mason Mount – First choice
The Academy star is almost inevitable for club and country after enjoying a meteoric rise in recent seasons. Mount’s versatility is a huge plus for the man in the dugout, being able to play central but also wide when needed.
Romelu Lukaku – Uncertain future
In the summer, Lukaku was signed for a club-record fee and was seen as a missing piece of the puzzle. A goal on his debut soon followed but now there’s a feeling that the Belgian might not be the right player in Tuchel’s Chelsea squad. After discussing a return to Inter Milan, he was forced to back down and faced public criticism from both the bench and his manager. Given the alleged interest in players like Haaland, the Blues might skew rather than stick with Lukaku.
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Christian Pulisic – Going Nowhere
The American produces his quality in a few moments and striving for more consistency will be a big job. However, Pulisic is a huge asset for the Blues and at just 23 years old with his playing style suited to different systems looks set to be a fixture at Stamford Bridge for years to come.
Hakim Ziyech – Uncertain future
He was signed by Ajax in 2020 for a hefty fee but didn’t have as impressive a start as expected. Ziyech has pulled off some miracle shots for the Blues but their attacking depth could mean an offer for Tuchel could be considered and the club could consider continuing the Moroccan.
Kai Havertz – Going Nowhere
A mixed first season ended with a winner in the Champions League Final. Havertz was in high demand before Chelsea won the race for his signature and he appears to have been a star in the capital for a decade. With his prime ahead of him, it would cost astronomical money to convince Chelsea to sell.
Timo Werner – For sale
Chelsea’s front ranks are perhaps the area of the squad that still needs some fine-tuning. Werner certainly offers a lot with his pace but Lukaku’s signing proves the club aren’t ready to hang their hats on the German. Should they leave and buy another striker, it could be Werner who is moved on.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – Going Nowhere
There has been interest from Bayern Munich for years, but Chelsea have stood their ground, repelling offer after offer. Like Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi arguably hasn’t developed as much as people thought and is by no means a regular. Despite this, he has time on his side and still has the potential to become a star.
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