Following Chelsea’s 3-1 win against AC Milan in the sides final game of their United States pre season tour, Antonio Conte spoke about learning about his squad. He suggested that the tour had allowed him to understand his players quality and decide where their futures lie.
Many players will, of course, remain a part of the first team squad, fighting for the title next season. However, for some members of the playing squad; a different future lies ahead. A future away from the club.
Chelsea have of course become quite well renowned for their ‘loan army’, a huge host of young players that are sent around Europe to learn their craft, and it seems inevitable that some players will be added to that list.
Some may not be that lucky however, and they could leave the club entirely.
The only thing that is certain at this point is that a host of players will have their Chelsea future’s looked at under a microscope; and that may lead some players to the exit door; temporarily or permanently.
With that, here are FIVE Chelsea players that could still leave the club this summer…
Juan Cuadrado’s time in England has been disappointing to say the least.
After signing for close to £30 million, he played a handful of games for the club, often looking unprepared and not good enough to compete in his new league.
He was subsequently loaned out to Juventus for a season, where he did impress; but that hasn’t stopped rumours linking him with a move away from the club.
Antonio Conte has insisted he wants to keep Cuadrado, but the future remains bleak for the Columbian star and his future in London.
He is no doubt one of Chelsea’s weakest attacking midfielders, so the club could be forced into selling him to keep numbers down. Expect the club to take a loss on this deal.
Nobody knows what Victor Moses has to do to get another chance at Chelsea. During pre-season last year he was The Blues’ best player; but was shipped out on loan. This summer is looking to be no different.
He impressed throughout each of the pre-season games, and is without doubt a deserving member of the first team squad.
Rumours have continued to persist however, and it seems that Moses might well end up on loan next season yet again.
It baffles the mind; he is homegrown and doesn’t take up a lot, has done all he can to impress and would likely settle for a squad role; but for whatever reason the Chelsea brass just doesn’t fancy him.
This transfer looks pretty logical.
With Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa clearly the preferred choice, and with Romelu Lukaku potentially on his way back to Stamford Bridge; Loic Remy seems destined for the exit door this summer.
He has got limited game time during pre-season, and has constantly been linked with a move away.
This one will happen, no doubt.
Oscar had a man of the match performance against AC Milan, as he looked to impress Antonio Conte; but that still might not be enough to save him.
He has been linked with a move away since the turn of the year, and with Antonio Conte’s arrival that speculation has picked up even more steam.
He is too inconsistent to be a regular performer for The Blues, and if Antonio Conte chooses to utilise two forwards; there may be no space for him.
If a high enough offer comes in, expect Oscar to leave.
This one looks a shoe in.
Antonio Conte has already confirmed that he isn’t ready for Premier League football, and has suggested that the American defender goes on loan to better get prepared for life as a Blue.
Expect a deal to be confirmed within the next week or two, and for him to make his way across the country likely to a loan in the Premier League or Championship.