Three Chelsea stars close to leaving as Frank Lampard continues overhaul

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could offload three players in the coming days as he continues to shape his Blues squad.

Lampard has been busy this summer, bringing six new faces to Stamford Bridge including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

It has cost Chelsea in the region of £200m though they are yet to sell any stars despite losing the likes of Willian and Pedro on free transfers.

But Lampard could now give himself more room in his squad with three players expected to leave west London.

Michy Batshuayi won’t be going far as he is close to securing a second loan spell at Crystal Palace, as well as a contract extension at Chelsea.

Fikayo Tomori is also expected to leave the Blues on a temporary deal as he is believed to be heading to Goodison Park on loan for Everton.

And the future of Emerson Palmieri is set to be sorted this week with a Chelsea meeting set for Thursday aa Napoli and Inter Milan remain interested.

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin believes Lampard is unlikely be under much pressure in the early stages of the new season given his business.

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Nevin said: "If you equalise it over the two years, it's not a mad amount of money with the income from [Eden] Hazard and [Alvaro] Morata.

“Also, Chelsea weren't expected to reach the Champions League two seasons in a row, which makes a massive difference to their finances.

"There's less pressure on Lampard than any Chelsea manager in the Abramovich era.

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“Chelsea have tried building it quickly, and buying world-class players, and they have had success, but Abramovich has wanted a dynasty for a while. This is the perfect opportunity.

"The pressure on Lampard from the club is minimal, but the pressure from himself is maximal.

“The best managers like Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp do that and Frank is very similar.”

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