With just less that one week into the January transfer window, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea isn’t hesitating to take action in clearing out the deadwoods in the squad.
Despite making six major first team signings to the squad last summer, Chelsea were not able to make any major sale to balance up their books.
The likes of Willian and Pedro left the squad as free agents. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley also left the club on a season long loan to Fulham and Aston Villa respectively.
Although having a larger squad means Lampard will have more options available at his disposal, it can also cause division amongst players who don’t feature on a regular basis.
According to recent reports from Euro Sport, Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for Five fringe first team players.
Those five players are Kepa Arrizalabalaga, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and Antonio Rudiger.
All five players played a huge part in Chelsea top four finish in the 2019-20 season and have now dropped in the pecking order at their positions in the squad.
Edouard Mendy was signed from Stade Rennes for around £25million for competition with Kepa Arrizabalaga, but have now replaced the Spanish goalkeeper as number one instead.
Marcos Alonso have also dropped to third in the pecking order of left backs at Chelsea following the big money move of Ben Chilwell from Leicester.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have also being dropped from the first XI following the arrival of former PSG captain Thiago Silva.
Only Jorginho didn’t lose his place to a new signing but was instead replaced by N’golo Kante after a formation switch by Frank Lampard.
It is also rumoured that Chelsea board are wanting to sell Jorginho to fund a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.