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Chelsea To Offload FIVE Players To Fund Summer Rebuild: 3 Sales That Lampard Must Prioritise

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According to a recent report by ESPN, Premier League giants Chelsea have been tipped to offload five players in the upcoming transfer window, as they look to fund a summer rebuild under Frank Lampard. The report suggests that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Chelsea are keen to stay active in the transfer market, having already acquired the services of Ajax sensation Hakim Ziyech a few months ago. The Blues’ search for players across a variety of positions has been well-documented too.

With Chelsea touted to sell five players to help Lampard instil his identity on the side, Chelsea could be preparing for a hectic summer of transfer business. It has been suggested that Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri and Michy Batshuayi are the players in question, with on-loan names Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko also expected to be sold from the side. This list then is in line with all the positions that the Blues have been targeting over the last couple of months.

What Roles Do These Players Play At Chelsea?

Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are the Chelsea left-back duo that needs no introduction. While the Spaniard is known for his attacking brilliance and shoddy defensive work, Emerson’s jack-of-all-trades skill-set has been a frustrating watch for the fans.

Michy Batshuayi is one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea at this moment, but his lack of quality has been apparent throughout the current campaign. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta are two Chelsea flops who are effectively guaranteed to play no part in the Pensioners’ first-team setup in the future.

Chelsea Touted To Sell Five Players - Batshuayi reacts during a match
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 17: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chelsea Touted To Sell Five Players – Here Are The Three Sales Lampard Must Prioritise:

Michy Batshuayi

The Belgian international striker has been a Chelsea player since he first joined the Blues back in the summer of 2016, but has since found if extremely hard to make a name for himself in the side. Brought in as a potential striker for the future, the former Valencia man has been quite poor over the course of the current league season as well. As good as he is, the Belgian just isn’t prolific enough to excel at a European powerhouse like Chelsea, and hence should be sold.

Emerson Palmieri

The Italian speedster was acquired from AS Roma as the Blues looked to find an alternative option to Marcos Alonso. Although he was initially tipped to be a well-rounded left-back option, the former Santos man’s lack of finesse and composure in the final third made him a hard sell among the Stamford Bridge faithful. While Alonso’s defensive disasters have been a concern, replacing him with the mundane and toothless skill-set of Emerson just wouldn’t make any sense from a Chelsea perspective.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

The French midfielder was signed on from Monaco as the London club looked to strengthen the core of the team after Nemanja Matic’s exit to Manchester United. Although there were some positive signs in his partnership with N’Golo Kante initially, things did not get any better for the tall midfielder. The Frenchman seemed to needlessly lose the ball in the middle of the park, while his general passing and control were also questioned by the Blues’ faithful.

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