Six players Chelsea could look to move on in the January transfer window

It is clear that Chelsea’s squad is too large and manager Frank Lampard is sure to want to move on anyone he considers deadwood this winter.

With the January transfer window not far away, the club will surely listen to offers for those players who are seemingly not part of the manager’s plans.

Whether the Blues can offload players permanently in transfers, or loan out others to get game time, the club look set to make use of the window.

Here are six players that look at risk of leaving the club in January.

Fiyako Tomori

The centre-back impressed for Chelsea last season, earning a spot in the first-team following a successful loan at Derby County under Lampard.

However, the 22-year-old has not been given too many chances this time around, making just one substitute appearance in the league and two outings in the Carabao Cup.

The problem is that Tomori signed a new five-year deal back in 2019, which would mean Chelsea would undoubtedly seek a hefty fee for him.

That could be a deterrent to many clubs, especially with so many financially impacted the coronavirus pandemic, so a loan deal appears the more likely option.

Antonio Rudiger

If Tomori stays at Stamford Bridge, then it could well be Rudiger, his fellow centre-half, who heads for the exit door.

The German international has fallen way down the pecking order this campaign, having been strongly linked with a move away in the summer transfer window.

Rudiger only has 18 months left to run on his contract, so it may be a case of Chelsea trying to find a buyer sooner rather than later for the 27-year-old, who signed from Roma ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Emerson Palmieri

Yet another defender who is seemingly not needed at Stamford Bridge and who has also constantly been touted for a transfer.

The Brazilian-born Italian left-back actually enjoyed a bright start to last season, but was later dropped to make way for Marcos Alonso.

Linked with a number of clubs in Serie A, the 26-year-old this week declared that he misses the Italian top flight, with Calcio Mercato reporting that there will be a winter battle between Inter Milan and Juventus in a bid to secure his services.

Mateo Kovacic

The hugely-talented Croatian international midfielder has made six appearances so far this campaign, but his place may be under threat again if summer signing Kai Havertz returns against Newcastle United next Saturday.

When he does play, the 26-year-old keeps the ball moving well, but competing with the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Havertz, Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech for a place in the starting XI is a tough ask.

Kovacic, who initially joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid in 2018, is certainly far too good to be warming the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater, who won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016, is not involved in Lampard’s plans, having not been allocated a squad number.

Personal issues have taken their toll, with loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa last season not working out.

Now 30, the midfielder has started only five games for Chelsea since signing for £35million in 2017.

It was revealed recently that Drinkwater has made a show reel of his football highlights as he bids to revive his career with a move away from Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud

Only one start this season and five appearances off the bench tells its own story when it comes to the French World Cup winner.

Giroud looked to be on his way out of the club at the beginning of the year, having failed to nail down a starting place, but he went on to help play a key role in Chelsea securing a Champions League spot.

It does not look likely that Giroud, whose contract expires next summer, will want to stay at Stamford Bridge for much longer, especially given his place in France’s European Championships squad under threat due to a lack of first-team football.

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