At least three established Chelsea first-team players reportedly want to leave Stamford Bridge this summer which has had an impact on the team’s pre-season.
After the “worrying” 4-0 pre-season defeat to Arsenal in the United States, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel highlighted how his team lacked commitment during the game compared to their London rivals.
The fact that several Chelsea players have already been thinking about leaving the club and considering their options showed in the game, the manager argued.
Obviously, Tuchel did not name these players, but according to The Telegraph, the list includes Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Timo Werner.
Alonso and Azpilicueta have reportedly been linked with moves to Barcelona, although Tuchel recently claimed that Chelsea are unlikely to let the latter leave on a cut-price fee (via Sky Sports).
Having signed only one defender this summer in Kalidou Koulibaly, it is easy to see why Chelsea would be reluctant to offload more defenders which would likely lead to their having to find replacements in the market.
Werner, on the other hand, is in a tough situation.
The Germany international recently hinted at a potential Chelsea exit to pursue regular football elsewhere, but Tuchel insisted that Werner has not personally asked to leave.
Interestingly, The Telegraph’s earlier report claimed Tuchel would be open to selling Werner, as well as second-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalag.
Aside from those names, Chelsea have reportedly been trying to find suitors for Michy Batshuayi, Ross Barkley, Kenedy, and Malang Sarr, but so far to no avail.