Chelsea were the most active Premier League team during the summer transfer window.
Over £200m was spent to strengthen Frank Lampard’s first-team squad including big money deals for Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech.
With seven weeks to go until the January window opens, the Blues could once again be busy amid links to West Ham United star Declan Rice.
However, it could be a scenario where the club looks to focus on outgoings rather than incomings.
Now that Lampard appears to have settled on his first-choice team, it’s become even more clearer that a number of players don’t have a future at the club.
And it just so happens that Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, and Emerson Palmieri have all been linked with moves to Inter Milan ahead of the January transfer window.
As reported by football.london last week, the Frenchman is considering his future at Stamford Bridge as he seeks to ensure that he is in the France squad for next summer’s European Championship.
Given his age and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it’s more likely that he would leave for nothing should he opt for a new challenge.
With that said, the Blues could demand £16.2m for Alonso and Emerson because of their identical values on transfermarkt.
Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is valued at £3.6m and forgotten defender Abdul Rahman Baba could command a fee of £2.1m if he’s not loaned out during the second half of the season.
Antonio Rudiger has dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva and he too may have one eye on next summer’s European Championships.
His £27m valuation could tempt the Blues into listening to offers for him.
Last but not least is Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard has lost his place in between the sticks to Mendy and would probably be sold if the right offer comes in. Although with a value of £16.2m, Chelsea would have to take a loss on the £71m they spent on him a couple of summers ago.
In total, that’s £81.3m that director Marina Granovskaia can raise and perhaps use to further bolster Lampard’s squad in January with the signing of Rice or set aside for next summer.