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10 Chelsea stars Thomas Tuchel is happy to move on as Blues eye new squad additions

Chelsea will be looking to build on their excellent end to the campaign under Thomas Tuchel next season.

With pre-season in full swing, the club have been taking part in a number of friendly matches in preparation for the new season, which begins in less than two weeks time.

Tuchel has so far only brought in Marcus Bettinelli on a free, but the German will be looking to add to his squad in the coming weeks.

With more signings expected to arrive, Tuchel will be looking to offload some players in pursuit of more game time.

Here are 10 players who could leave the club this summer…

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Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga has lost his place in the first team at Chelsea


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The Spanish goalkeeper has been subject to widespread criticism following his arrival from Athletic Club in a deal worth £72million back in 2018.

Kepa has failed to cement his place in the first-team and has fallen out of favour, with Edouard Mendy overtaking him in the pecking order.

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Should the Blues not sell Kepa, then he would become Thomas Tuchel’s number one choice when Mendy departs for the 2021 African Nations in January.

However, when asked about his future at the club, Kepa insisted he was happy at Chelsea.

“Nobody knows what will happen in the future. But today I am very happy in London, and I hope that in the coming years I can celebrate many more titles with my team, Chelsea Football Club,” he said.

Marcos Alonso

Alonso was left out of the Blues most recent friendly squad to face Arsenal amid speculation he could be used as part of a swap deal for Jules Kounde.

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Marcos Alonso has struggled to get game time under Thomas Tuchel

The Spaniard has been subjected to a move away from Stamford Bridge throughout this summer and a transfer back to his homeland may suit all parties.

The 30-year-old defender is no longer as crucial to the team as he was during Antonio Conte’s two-year stint at Chelsea, where he was a regular starter.

Kurt Zouma

The Frenchman has failed to live up to his potential since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2014.

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Zouma has spent time out on loan with Stoke and Everton but has not been able to push his way into the first team on a regular basis upon return.

West Ham remain in talks over a move for Zouma, who remains their primary target.

The 26-year-old appears very open to a move across London, however the Blues £25million asking price plus Zouma’s wage demands could prove difficult.

However, should Zouma stay at Chelsea, then Tuchel still has confidence in the defender.

“Kurt was part of the team for half a year, I know him exactly, what I can demand from him, what he can give to the team. He was part of a very successful half a season,” Tuchel said.

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“He was a very lively part of it, maybe not in minutes but I want to remember he was a crucial member of the team that won 2-0 against Atletico, for example.”

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko spent last season on loan at Napoli

Another Frenchman who could be on his way through the exit door is Bakayoko.

He arrived from Monaco for £40million in 2017 with high hopes, but has failed to impress.

Bakayoko has spent the last three seasons out on loan with Milan, Monaco and Napoli.

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The player’s agent Andy Bara recently admitted that his client’s future is uncertain.

“We are evaluating whether there are possibilities to change shirts in the next few days. He is a player open to all discussions. In Italy they know him well, he is a player who helps the team where he plays and can make a great contribution,” he said.

“It is possible (of a Milan return), Milan are looking for a player with his characteristics and it is likely that they can make a proposal. At the moment Tiemoue is a Chelsea player, but there is a possibility to change his shirt and go to an Italian team. Milan are a great team and if the opportunity arises we will do everything possible to bring him to the Rossoneri. Maldini and Massara know him, they know what he can give.

“I don’t think he will go away on loan like he did with Napoli, his contract doesn’t allow it. I don’t know the price at the moment, I don’t decide on this and it wouldn’t be serious to talk about this.”


The Italian international made just two league appearances for the Blues last season.

The 26-year-old recently won Euro 2020 with his country and could be looking to build on that with regular first-team football.

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French side Lyon have made an enquiry for Emerson, who impressed for Italy after replacing the injured Leonardo Spinnazola during the latter stages of the competition.

Davide Zappacosta

Davide Zappacosta hasn’t featured for Chelsea in the league since the 2018-19 campaign



The Stamford Bridge outcast has spent the last two seasons on loan in Italy with Roma and Genoa respectively.

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Zappacosta has not featured for Chelsea in the Premier League since the 2018-19 season, where he made just four appearances.

Inter and Fiorentina have been linked with ending the Italian’s nightmare in west London.

However, speaking about his future Zappacosta seemed pleased to return to England.

“It has been a while that I’ve been in Italy, so it’s really good to be back here, and work with some old friends and the coach (Thomas Tuchel) as well, because he’s a really good coach and we have been just trying to do what he’s asking us,” he said.

“This pre-season, it’s quite hard, but it’s good pushing now just to be fit for the start of the league. And that push shifts up another gear today when the squad plays a game with the extra spur of spectators in the stadium.”

Ross Barkley

Barkley was once seen as one of English football’s next big talents, but has been hampered by a number of long-term injuries following his move to London.

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The 27-year-old has failed to nail a starting berth since joining Chelsea and was subsequently loaned to Aston Villa for the 2020-21 season.

With the vast array of midfield talent for Tuchel to choose from, it looks as if Barkley’s Chelsea career is over.

Newcastlehave been linked with a move for the former Everton midfielder in recent weeks.

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham looks set to join Arsenal

The 23-year-old striker has fallen down the pecking order towards the back end of last season after the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

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West Ham have been linked with a move for the striker, but it appears Arsenal are now the favourites to land Abraham.

The deal could be worth £40million and with Mikel Arteta’s side in need of a striker, Abraham could be on his way.

Michy Batshuayi

Batshuayi is set to leave Stamford Bridge again this summer, only this time will be on a permanent basis.

The 27-year-old’s contract is up at the end of next season, and the Blues are keen to offload the Belgian.

Batshuayi has had a disappointing Chelsea career which has seen him loaned out four times since arriving in 2016.

Indeed, last season he went out on loan to Crystal Palace for a second time but largely underwhelmed.

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Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater’s Chelsea career appears to be over


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Drinkwater has become somewhat of a forgotten man following his arrival from Leicester in 2017.

The 31-year-old has made just 12 league appearances in three full seasons at Chelsea and has had loan spells with Burnley, Aston Villa and Turkish side Kasimpasa.

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The former Leicester midfielder wasn’t even allocated with a squad number for the 2020-21 campaign, and he’s unlikely to get one again this season at Chelsea.

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