The Chelsea squad are bracing for a Frank Lampard-led revolution this summer, with the Blues boss expected to oust four defenders amid 10 potential sales.
The legendary former midfielder is determined to brush up on his defense after conceding more goals (54) than any other side in the Premier League first half in their first season since returning to Chelsea, finishing fourth before losing the final of the FA Cup against Arsenal.
West Londoners have put Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso on sale with N’Golo Kante who could also leave, according to the Times.
Frank Lampard is ready to do a cleaning in the Chelsea dressing room this summer
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen failed to impress Blues boss this season
N’Golo Kante could also be set to leave as Chelsea seek to raise funds for new signings
Zouma, 25, and Christensen, 24, have stalled in their progress after being pushed to big things as young people, while signings of Antonio Conte, Alonso and Palmieri are among those below of the level required by Lampard.
Lampard and Mauricio Sarri having struggled to accommodate Kante in their systems and the Frenchman could be sold in an attempt to prioritize the weakest spots for the Blues.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly ready on loan, with a summer sale unlikely to recoup much of the £ 71million spent on the Spaniard after a miserable season which saw Lampard lose faith in the keeper – replacing him with Willy Caballero at Wembley.
Ross Barkley could also be dumped this summer amid Lampard’s big upheaval in London
Michy Batshuayi’s days at Chelsea appear to be over after disappointing substitute appearances
Signings of Antonio Conte, Marcos Alonso and his full-back Emerson Palmieri are also for sale
The Times also claims that Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are available, while Michy Batshuayi has been frozen by Lampard.
Willian’s future is still uncertain, with the Brazilian winger rejecting Chelsea’s latest two-year contract offer, demanding a three-year contract with Arsenal and Tottenham.
Lampard was denied the opportunity to bring in reinforcements a year ago amid Chelsea’s transfer ban ahead of a disappointing January window, but has already done some superb deals – landing Timo Werner for 53million pounds sterling and Hakim Ziyech for £ 38million.
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The Blues’ planned sales are designed to raise money for further upgrades, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell a priority at Stamford Bridge.
The Leicester full-back ended the season on the sidelines with a thigh injury, but was a standout player for Brendan Rodgers, who sat in the top four for much of the season before Chelsea and Manchester United do not repel them fifth.
The Foxes’ failure to seal a Champions League spot will help West Londoners pursue the Englishman, with Lampard’s stature in the game also proving a boost in the transfer market after Werner claimed that the England icon was a crucial factor in his decision to leave. RB Leipzig behind.