Chelsea are reportedly planning to cash in on five first-team players to free up funds to sign Jadon Sancho and Ben Chiwell this summer.
The Blues have depended on the services of young Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hodson-Odoi to fight for a fourth position on the EPL table before the coronavirus pandemic put a break to the Premier League.
With every boss who has taken the Stamford Bridge hotseat walk into the transfer market to shop top and quality talents, Frank Lampard is yet to add big-names to his current squad deemed young and arguably inexperience.
This may be due to Chelsea’s imposed transfer ban from FIFA last year that prevented the West Londons from signing players.
Having lifted the ban before the last January transfer window opened, the Blues boss landed £36million Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, who is yet to even kick a minute for Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
It’s understood that Lampard has planned big for this summer transfer window as he knee bringing in big faces to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City for next season.
Since January, the Chelsea boss has been linked with a move for Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell as among those who can help Chelsea compete for titles the next campaign.
The signing of those two players requires huge sum of money, and financial constraints from the coronavirus pandemic on every club in Europe would be some whatever a challenge for Chelsea to embark signing Sancho and Chilwell.
Chelsea is understood to have some of Eden Hazard’s transfer to Real Madrid money left and will get a round £48m when Alvaro Morata’s loan at Atletico Madrid becomes permanent on July 1.
But they have already spent £36million to complete Ziyech transfer from Ajax claimed by the Sun, and may need to raise funds for Sancho and Chilwell by selling a number of first-team members excluding rumoured want-away N’Golo Kante and Jorginho ESPN reports.
Names Frank Lamard are considering to offload are left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri who are reportedly weighting a reunion with former manager Antonio Conte especially for Alonso as Chilwell arriving, while youngster Ian Maatsen could also be promoted to the senior squad.
Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled since arriving under Conte at Chelsea in July 2017, and Frank Lampard has consider selling the French International to PSG once his loan spell at Monaco comes to end this season.
Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi will also be shown the exit doors after failing to make an impact under three separate managers at Stamford Brige, and his transfer could generated £25million for the Blues.
Another man Lampard plans to offload is Davide Zappacosta who cost Chelsea €28 million plus bonuses to sign from Torino in August 2017. His current loan spell in the Seria A at Roma could be made permanent despite penning a new Chelsea contract last summer according to the Sun.
Chelsea are believed to contacted Sancho and Chilwell and are well assured of signing them when the transfer window is opened, and that is why the Chelsea manager is planning these marquee offloading in his first team.