Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel appears unlikely to welcome any new faces to Stamford Bridge in January but there could be a series of departures as he looks to clear some of the deadwood within his ranks.
While the German has reaped the rewards of having a large squad this season, it’s clear that Chelsea do have too many players at their disposal with a number of outcasts still yet to receive opportunities this season and with that in mind, Express Sport has taken a look at six players who could potentially depart in January.
It’s clear Tuchel does not want to lose the Dane but with Christensen yet to sign a new contract, January represents the club’s last chance to receive a fee for him.
The Chelsea academy graduate will be free to depart on a free transfer in the summer, should he fail to agree a new deal.
The Blues have enough cover at centre-back to let him leave and with talks at an impasse, it remains a possibility.
AC Milan have shown an interest in the past while a return to the Bundesliga is also a possibility following Christensen’s time on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could clear the decks in January
An obvious candidate when it comes to potential departures given his lack of minutes this season.
Although Barkley has slowly forced his way back into the picture, it’s clear his best chance of playing regularly lies elsewhere.
Burnley were keen on deadline day but left it too late to conclude a deal. Another Premier League loan deal could prove beneficial.
Malang Sarr could also leave on loan if he is determined to play regularly.
He spent last season out in Portugal with Porto before returning to Stamford Bridge after signing on a free transfer from Nice.
Sarr has impressed whenever called upon and he does still have a future at Chelsea but he remains way down the pecking order.
The centre-back came close to joining Bundesliga side Greuther Furth on deadline day before the deal collapsed.