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Chelsea are yet to make any meaningful impacts in the transfer window despite trying to sign Erling Haaland and Declan Rice.
Both players are high on Thomas Tuchel's transfer wish list but they have been priced over £100m each.
It could mean that Roman Abramovich will have to fork out close to a quarter of £1bn in the summer.
That would be an extravagant amount of cash – especially considering he splashed out a similar amount last year when the likes of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner arrived.
However, the Blues have a bloated squad and Tuchel can raise funds by offloading a number of them in the current transfer window.
1. Danny Drinkwater – Sell
Danny Drinkwater has had a tough time at Chelsea
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The Englishman has become a forgotten figure at Chelsea since his £35m move from Leicester in 2017.
It has been a disastrous spell for the midfielder, though his £100,000-a-week wages have made it difficult to offload him with failed attempts almost every transfer window.
Finding a club to sign Drinkwater will not be easy but any sort of fee would be a bonus.
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2. Davide Zappacosta – Sell
Another fringe player who has been loaned out to Serie A clubs in a bid to drum up interest in his services.
After spending £25m on the Italian, recouping such a fee would be incredibly difficult.
A loan is more likely but if a permanent departure is on the cards, Chelsea should take that option.
3. Ross Barkley – Sell
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Barkley moved to Chelsea in a bid to take his career to the next level and, while there have been a few highlights, it has not quite worked out.
A loan to Aston Villa fizzled out last season but their attempts to sign Emile Smith Rowe indicate that Dean Smith is looking for a player in that position.
That looks destined to fail, which could see Villa revitalise their interest in Barkley.
4. Ethan Ampadu – Loan
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The Wales international had a tough time at Sheffield United last season as they crashed out of the Premier League.
But the 20-year-ols has plenty of promise and will be hoping to show Tuchel his capabilities in pre-season training.
Nevertheless, a pathway to the first-team is not viable at the moment and he will most likely have to showcase his skills away from Stamford Bridge for another year.
5. Michy Batshuayi – Sell
Michy Batshuayi has struggled to make an impression at Chelsea
Despite signing for £35m, Batshuayi has never been the main man at Chelsea and failed to impress a succession of managers including Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
The fact that the Blues are trying to sign a striker yet the Belgian has never even mentioned as an option speaks volumes.
Batshuayi would unlikely command anywhere near the fee Chelsea spent back in 2016 but that should not stop them offloading the 27-year-old.
6. Kenedy – Loan
Another forgotten star at Chelsea who has been loaned out for the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old performed well on loan to Granada last season and a return to La Liga could be on the cards.
But the Brazilian clearly has no future at Chelsea, who should try to sell him as soon as possible.
7. Malang Sarr – Loan
Malang Sarr has been in pre-season training at Chelsea this summer
Signed on a free transfer last summer, Sarr went straight on loan to Porto where he battled to stay in the first-team.
The 22-year-old has potential to suit Chelsea’s three-at-the-back system by operating on the left-hand side of the backline but will need to fulfil the early promise that made him a top talent in France.
Another season on loan could be the answer for the ex-Nice ace, potentially in the Premier League to get him a taste of English football.
8. Tiemoue Bakayoko – Sell
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The Frenchman has had a nightmare spell at Stamford Bridge, with his time almost coming to an end after a disaster 30-minute spell against Watford where he got sent off.
Loans have followed to AC Milan, Napoli and Monaco, but none of them have taken a deal further.
Chelsea would like to sell the midfielder but finding a suitor has proved difficult.
9. Marcos Alonso – Sell
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Despite a return to the formation that initially made Alonso a star for Chelsea, the Spaniard has failed to make an impression under Tuchel.
After an impressive Euro 2020, Emerson Palmieri could well be the preferred back-up to Chilwell, leaving Alonso out in the cold.
A return to Italy could be the best option where Inter Milan are reportedly interested in the former Fiorentina star’s services.
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