Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The 4 stars Frank Lampard is trying to push out of Stamford Bridge

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Announcing earlier in the week that Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are the latest stars to join Chelsea, it has been a lively summer at Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard’s side aren’t done yet.

Already bringing in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner last month, the former Premier League champions are also inching towards what looks set to be a €100million deal with Bayer Leverkusen for German sensation Kai Havertz.

Still heavily linked with a move for former academy starlet and West Ham ace Declan Rice, Lampard will have one eye on his wage bill and it is no secret that he is keen to see a few of his squad head in the other direction.

With a real squad shakeup in West London this summer, who are the four Chelsea stars being pushed towards the exit?

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Stunningly dropped for Chelsea’s must-win showdown against Wolves on July 26th, it couldn’t have been a clearer indication that Lampard does not see Kepa Arrizabalaga as his number one choice between the sticks at Stamford Bridge next season.

Watching 38-year-old Willy Caballero given two separate stints over last year’s interrupted campaign, the veteran keeper also managed to retain his spot ahead of Kepa for Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup Final earlier in the month.

With many around West London feeling that the 25-year-old has drastically failed to live up to his staggering £71million price tag when he made the move to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018, his future was thrown into more jeopardy with reports that Lampard has already identified a potential replacement.

While The Express might be reporting that Chelsea have had their opening £15million bid for Edouard Mendy rejected by Rennes, the Blues are expected to reopen negotiations for the Senegal international.

Michy Batshuayi

Watching both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud firmly ahead of him in Lampard’s pecking order, the arrival of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £48million really appears to be the final nail in Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea career.

Making just a single Premier League start for the Blues last year and often left out of their entire match-day squad, the Belgian international is sat on a £90,000-per-week deal in West London and Lampard is desperate to get the misfiring striker off their books.

With just one-year left at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are desperate to get back at least some of the £33million they paid Marseille for the 26-year-old in 2016 and are reportedly willing to allow him to leave on loan with an obligation to buy.

Knowing that he must go in search of regular first-team minutes if he is to reignite his career, Batshuayi is attracting interest from both Champions League quarter-finalists Atalanta and Premier League returners Leeds.

Emerson

With Ben Chilwell making his move to Stamford Bridge over the weekend in a deal worth in the region of £50million, Chelsea are openly trying to find a suiter for Emerson with the 26-year-old deemed surplus to requirements by Lampard.

Managing to muster just 55 appearances for the Blues since making the move to West London for an initial fee of £18million back in 2018, the seven-cap Italy international is reportedly keen to kickstart his career elsewhere after failing to impress in the capital.

However, while Chelsea thought that they might have been on the verge of shipping Emerson off to Inter Milan this summer, their hopes of raising some funds and balancing the books took a real hit over the weekend.

With the Serie A giants standing firm that they were not willing to match Chelsea’s £25million valuation, it was announced by The Daily Mail on Friday that former Blues boss Antonio Conte is on the verge of bringing Aleksandar Kolarov to the San Siro.

Tiémoué Bakayoko

Making his return from a loan stint away at former club Monaco last season and sat on a remarkable £110,000-a-week deal in West London, it is no surprise that Chelsea are desperate to get midfield flop Tiémoué Bakayoko off their books.

Much like Kepa, the 26-year-old drastically struggled to live up to his eyebrow-raising £40million price tag when he made the move from the Ligue 1 outfit back in 2017 and he is not even remotely on Lampard’s radar.

Spending the last two year’s away from Stamford Bridge on loan deals, it appears that Bakayoko’s torrid Premier League tenure could be drawing to a close with AC Milan inching towards bringing back the Frenchman who spent the 2018/2019 campaign at the San Siro.

With The Sun reporting that Bakayoko is even willing to take a 50% pay cut in order to force through a move to the Italian giants this summer, the deal on the table is believed to be a €3million payment and would give the Serie A club an option to buy him for €35million.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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