With Chelsea looking to strengthen their squad in the summer, the Blues may need to sell some players to raise funds for Frank Lampard’s transfer targets.
Chelsea are waiting for an update on when the Premier League season can continue.
Football across Europe is postponed, with uncertainty over when it will be safe to continue playing fixtures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There are tentative plans for the campaign to resume in June, and when games do continue, the Blues still have much to play for.
A top four spot still in their hands and there is a FA quarter-final against Leicester to negotiate.
Chelsea showed signs of improvement before the season was halted, with a thumping 4-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge proof of what the squad can achieve.
Nevertheless, having made no signings in January, Lampard will be keen to strengthen his squad in the summer, no matter how the season finishes.
There is no doubt that several players are likely to be sold in the upcoming window with some not part of Lampard’s plans, or on the periphery of the first team.
In the weeks before the season was put on hold, Lampard has picked Marcos Alonso at left-back with Azpilicueta filling in before that, and Emerson Palmieri has been out of the team.
Emerson’s last appearance in the Premier League came in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal back in January, and he only been included in the match day squad once since then
Lampard wants to bring in a new left-back this summer, with Ben Chilwell heavily linked, and if that happens then Emerson looks likely to be heading out of Stamford Bridge.
According to Transfermarkt, the Italian’s value is around the £27million mark.
At centre-back, Chelsea have a plethora of options at their disposal, with Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori the favoured pair at the start of the campaign.
But since Antonio Rudiger’s return from injury, the German has been partnered with Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.
Zouma has shown on occasion he is more than capable of holding down a role in a Premier League defence, having enjoyed a loan spell with Everton last season too.
And if the Blues can get some money for him, then it might be worth selling up. Transfermarkt believe the centre-back is valued at around £31.5million.
Perhaps the most intriguing case on the list is Ross Barkley.
He has shown in glimpses just what kind of player he can be and how big an asset he can be, and has impressed in spells.
But the England midfielder’s inconsistency could count against him, and Chelsea could be tempted to cash in.
The Blues should still get a decent amount for him and his departure could be key in balancing the books at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder is valued at £24.3million.
In attack, Michy Batshuayi was thought to be the second choice striker behind Tammy Abraham.
But he has struggled to find the back of the net when called upon and has now slipped behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order, with the Frenchman preferred to Batshuayi in the games before the season was halted.
Chelsea could reasonably be expected to fetch around £19.8million for the Belgian if, as expected, he is sold in the summer.
The total sum of all four players works out at at £102.6million, which could be used to supplement Chelsea’s already-sizeable transfer budget, given their quiet January.
It is understood that Chelsea are keen to strengthen at left-back, attacking midfield and up front, with Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner both on the Blues’ radar in terms of striker targets.
Borussia Dortumund winger Jadon Sancho and Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham are also thought to be on the watchlist, whilst reports in Spain claim the Blues are interested in Philippe Coutinho on a loan deal.
Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Porto’s Alex Telles are among the players in consideration at full-back, whilst Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes is another who has been recently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.