The summer transfer window will mark a new chapter for Chelsea Football Club as Roman Abramovich sells the club to LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly.
Boehly’s attempt to buy Chelsea from Abramovich was approved after Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government earlier this year.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after not signing contract extensions.
How many more players will leave before the summer transfer window closes? Here are 19 Chelsea players whose fates must be determined in the next weeks and months.
Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea for a then-record £71.6million in 2018, but he’s played only 11 Premier League games in the previous two seasons. He’s been replaced by Edouard Mendy. With Tuchel continuing to prefer Mendy above Kepa in cup fixtures, the Blues may want to cash in on the Spaniard and invest in a new second-choice keeper.
Cesar Azpilicueta has won everything at Chelsea, but his future is questionable. The 32-year-old defender has only one year remaining on his contract after a clause was activated earlier this year. He is the first player in Chelsea history to win every championship for the club.
Ethan Ampadu played the season on loan with Venezia in Serie A, however, they were relegated. Last season, he was loaned to Sheffield United and demoted. Ampadu can play centre-back and central midfield, but he hasn’t featured for Chelsea in three seasons, signaling a departure.
Jake Clarke-Salter has spent the past three seasons on loan at Coventry and Birmingham. His contract at Stamford Bridge ends this season, and rumours in March stated Coventry had offered him a long-term agreement.
Centre-back French Malang Sarr has played 20 times for Chelsea this season, but just seven in the Premier League. Sarr is low in the pecking order but may receive more playing time next season with Rudiger and Christensen leaving.
Matt Miazga has spent six seasons on loan from Chelsea with Vitesse Arnhem, Nantes, Reading, Anderlecht, and Alaves. Next year, his contract ends, so Chelsea may want to cash in. The 26-year-old defender’s future at Chelsea appears doubtful.
Left-back Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman are both on loan at Reading from Chelsea. The Ghanaian international’s contract ends this summer and a new agreement seems improbable.
Juan Castillo has left the Blues on loan six times despite being only 22. Loans at Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic have struggled this season. His contract expires this summer, and given his troubles in the EFL, he may go on.
Marcos Alonso scored in Thursday’s 1-1 tie with Leicester City. Alonso is the second choice behind Ben Chilwell, who has missed six months due to injury.
Emerson has played only three Premier League games in the previous two seasons and is on loan at Lyon. Chelsea tried to sign him in January as injury insurance for Chilwell but failed. If Alonso leaves, Emerson might replace Chilwell if he leaves.
Tiemoue Bakayoko rejoined AC Milan on loan following three seasons with Monaco and Napoli. While the contract included an option to buy permanently, his lack of playing time may imply a transfer elsewhere. Unlikely at Chelsea.
Drinkwater and Bakayoko are Antonio Conte’s unsuccessful acquisitions.
Poor loan experiences at Burnley, Aston Villa, and Kasimpasa derailed Drinkwater’s career, but he’s helped Reading escape relegation. His contract ends this summer, so it’s better if he starts over somewhere.
Connor Gallager has been Chelsea’s best loanee this season. The midfielder has been one of Crystal Palace’s top performers this season and has made the England team. Tuchel has suggested he might join his team if he performs well next season.
Last summer, Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour moved on loan to Norwich City. Only 20, he still has potential to grow and improve, however, he failed to assist Norwich escape relegation during a loan term.
The Spanish midfielder is on loan at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid. His lack of playing time makes a permanent transfer difficult. He’s played nine league matches this season, including as a left wing-back owing to Blues’ limitations, although he’s well down the midfield pecking order.
Ross Barkley played four years with Chelsea and made 57 league games, nearly half under Maurizio Sarri. Gallagher has a better chance of a long-term future at Chelsea than N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. His contract expires next year.
Kenedy has been at Chelsea for seven years but has only played 15 league games. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Flamengo. He returned to the Blues midseason to offer cover, however, both of his outings have been in the FA Cup.
Armando Broja spent the season on loan with Southampton. The Albanian attacker began the season strongly, scoring nine goals in 38 outings, but he hasn’t scored in 13 Premier League games. Like Gallagher, he’ll start next season.
Michy Batshuayi scored 14 goals in 32 league appearances on loan with Besiktas in Turkey. The Belgian’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer, behind Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner.