Chelsea have put nine members of Graham Potter’s first-team squad up for sale ahead of the summer transfer window, with the club hoping to recoup some cash following a £600million splurge.
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The Blues spent £320m in January, following a £280m outlay last summer. Though the club have smartly given long-term deals to players to spread out the costs, they are wary of complying with new UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.
Potter is similarly keen to trim his squad, aware that he will have too many players to keep happy at Stamford Bridge.
Christian Pulisic, a £56m signing from Dortmund in 2018, is set to leave as he’ll have just 12 months remaining on his contract this summer. Manchester United and Newcastle showed interest in signing him on loan in January.
Hakim Ziyech saw a dream move to Paris Saint-Germain collapse because of a paperwork issue and he wants to make a permanent exit at the end of the campaign.
Kalidou Kouliably, a £33m signing from Napoli just seven months ago, is deemed surplus to requirements by Potter following the arrival of Benoit Badiashile and the Blues will listen to offers.
Romelu Lukaku is expected to depart on far reduced terms following his £97m move to the club in 2021, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could complete a loan move to Major League Soccer.
According to ESPN, the Blues will also listen to offers for Mateo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while N’Golo Kante is yet to agree a new deal and is out of contract at the end of the season.
The most controversial departure could be Mason Mount. The England international emerged from Chelsea’s academy and has been a bright spark in an otherwise forgettable campaign so far.
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