Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Who could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge this summer?

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While Chelsea might have managed to extend their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel over the weekend, it was a sluggish afternoon on the road for The Blues.

Eventually having to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against a Leeds side who had previously lost four of their last five Premier League contests, they still remain in a battle to secure themselves a top-four finish.

Although Chelsea might have been linked with a potential move for the likes of Erling Haaland when the window reopens, there is no doubt that Tuchel’s side will be looking to move players on this summer.

With the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to return from their loan spells when the season draws to a close, we have taken a look at another three first-team stars who have been linked with a move away.

Tammy Abraham

With numerous reports over the past week stating that Chelsea have a real eye on Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, many have speculated over what that could mean for Tammy Abraham’s future.

Once again missing out on Saturday’s trip to Elland Road and Tuchel admitting that he is worried about Abraham’s nagging ankle injury, some around West London feel that the 23-year-old could be on the chopping block this summer.

Still competing with the likes of Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud to be Chelsea’s #1 option up top, The Athletic reported a fortnight ago that Abraham has hinted at a move away from Stamford Bridge.

It has been reported that due to Chelsea’s firm interest in Haaland, the England international is unwilling to discuss the idea of extending his contract with the former champions.

If Abraham does have a move away from West London on his agenda this summer, it has been suggested that Premier League high-flyers West Ham are keen on clinching his signature.

Christian Pulisic

Although Christian Pulisic might have made his first start under Tuchel at Leeds on Saturday lunchtime, the American ace failed to make much of an impression in Yorkshire.

While the former Borussia Dortmund winger might have spent time working under Tuchel out in rural Germany, the 22-year-old hasn’t quite managed to reach a similar level that he showed under Frank Lampard.

Although many expected Pulisic to play a vital role under his new boss, he has continued to deal with a string of injury issues and speculation over the past week has linked him with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

With The Daily Mail reporting that Chelsea are interested in Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman, that same piece suggests that a host of clubs have been put on red alert.

Sportsmail broke the news last week that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern would be interested in the forward if he was to become available.

Billy Gilmour

While Chelsea might have a string of first-team central midfielders to choose from, many have been disappointed that Billy Gilmour has not had a chance to shine.

Once again not even making The Blues’ matchday squad for Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate against Leeds, the 19-year-old was last seen featuring for Chelsea’s U23’s in a contest against Leicester earlier in the month.

Although The Blues would be highly unlikely to allow their homegrown starlet to leave on a permanent basis this summer, some feel that a year out on loan could do his development a world of good.

With Chelsea already allowing the likes of fellow midfielders Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave on loan last year, it is believed that a number of sides would jump at the chance to take Gilmour for a season.

Along with David Moyes reportedly being keen on a potential loan move, it’s also been suggested that Gilmour’s former club Rangers would be keen to bring the youngster back to Ibrox.

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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