Chelsea may now have a little more unexpected time on their hands.
The Blues expected to be in action against Aston Villa this weekend, but Friday’s announcement that all matches in the Premier League and FA Cup mean that Frank Lampard’s men will not be in action at least until the weekend of April 4.
The announcement came after the coronavirus epidemic in the UK, with Chelsea revealing that Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for the virus along with Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.
The extra time may prove useful as Lampard tries to plan the summer transfer window. The Blues boss has already bought in Hakim Ziyech but will probably want to add more to his team.
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But there may also be outputs that could be helpful in providing some extra money for Lampard.
So let’s take a look at the players who could be sold to free up some funds for new purchases.
In recent weeks, Lampard has chosen Azpilicueta for left back and Emerson has been out of the team.
And even when the head coach went three behind, Alonso was chosen. Emerson’s last appearance in the Premier League came in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January, and he has only been on the match day team since then.
Lampard wants to bring a new left back this summer, with Ben Chilwell tightly tied, and if that happens, Emerson seems likely to be exiting Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have a plethora of central defenders on hand.
Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori were the favorite pair at the start of the campaign, but since Antonio Rudiger’s return from injury, the German has been associated with Andreas Christensen, with Zouma and Tomori fighting for game time.
Zouma has shown on some occasions that she is more than capable of maintaining a role in defending the Premier League, having enjoyed a loan spell with Everton also last season.
And if the Blues can get money for him, then it may be worth selling it.
Perhaps the most intriguing case in the list.
He showed at a glance what type of player he can be and how big a resource can be, and he has impressed in recent weeks.
But it doesn’t come to the fore often enough and it really looks like it won’t have a long-term future with the Blues.
A shame that it didn’t really work, but it may be time for Chelsea to cut their losses and they should still get a decent amount for him and his departure could be the key to balancing the books at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian was thought to be the second choice forward behind Tammy Abraham.
But he struggled to find the back of the net when he was invited and has now slipped behind Olivier Giroud in the order of pecking, with the Frenchman preferred to Batshuayi in recent games,
Giroud is expected to leave the club free in the summer, which would cause Batshuayi to move in order … until a new striker is signed.
The best thing for him would be to find new pastures.