Six Chelsea players who could leave in January as Thomas Tuchel prepares for overhaul


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel appears unlikely to welcome any new faces to Stamford Bridge in January but there could be a series of departures as he looks to clear some of the deadwood within his ranks. While the German has reaped the rewards of having a large squad this season, it’s clear that Chelsea do have too many players at their disposal with a number of outcasts still yet to receive opportunities this season and with that in mind, Express Sport has taken a look at six players who could potentially depart in January.

Andreas Christensen

It’s clear Tuchel does not want to lose the Dane but with Christensen yet to sign a new contract, January represents the club’s last chance to receive a fee for him.

The Chelsea academy graduate will be free to depart on a free transfer in the summer, should he fail to agree a new deal.

The Blues have enough cover at centre-back to let him leave and with talks at an impasse, it remains a possibility.

AC Milan have shown an interest in the past while a return to the Bundesliga is also a possibility following Christensen’s time on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Ross Barkley

An obvious candidate when it comes to potential departures given his lack of minutes this season.

Although Barkley has slowly forced his way back into the picture, it’s clear his best chance of playing regularly lies elsewhere.

Burnley were keen on deadline day but left it too late to conclude a deal. Another Premier League loan deal could prove beneficial.

Malang Sarr

Malang Sarr could also leave on loan if he is determined to play regularly.

He spent last season out in Portugal with Porto before returning to Stamford Bridge after signing on a free transfer from Nice.

Sarr has impressed whenever called upon and he does still have a future at Chelsea but he remains way down the pecking order.

The centre-back came close to joining Bundesliga side Greuther Furth on deadline day before the deal collapsed.

Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez has had a rough ride since swapping Atletico Madrid for Chelsea on deadline day.

The Spaniard is yet to force his way into the side after struggling on his debut against Aston Villa.

Chelsea are not expected to take up their option to sign him permanently and if he is still not playing come the start of the new year, Atletico may look at recalling him.

Lewis Baker

The Chelsea midfielder has been playing his football for the club’s Under-23 side this season, meaning he is almost guaranteed to explore an exit in January.

Baker emerged as one of the club’s brightest prospects in his younger days but has so far struggled to kick on following eight loan spells.

The 26-year-old has spent time at Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Reding, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Trabzonspor but is still yet to make his full Chelsea debut.

His contract expires this summer but Chelsea would be open to selling him in January given that he has not featured for the first-team.

Charly Musonda

Musonda could head for the exit door in January with his contract set to expire with the Blues in June 2022.

The Belgian has had a terrible time with injury after doctors told him he had just a 20 per cent chance of playing again following a posterior cruciate ligament injury.

He flourished during his time on loan at Real Betis but miserable loan spells with Celtic and Vitesse have since seen his stock crash.

Yet Chelsea would be open to helping Musonda find the right club for the next step in his career when the transfer window reopens…



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