Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel have been surprisingly quiet in the January transfer window, but their attention could be on personnel in their current ranks
Despite season-derailing injuries to Reece James and Ben Chilwell, Chelsea have so far resisted the urge to spend big in the January transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have won just eight of their last 17 matches in all competitions since Chilwell suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in their 4-0 Champions League win over Juventus in November.
James’ sideline touch in the damaging draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion further confused Chelsea’s problems, leaving them without their two best wingers.
Their absence seemed likely to spark a madness this summer, but the Blues’ attention seems to be more focused on potential team departures.
And as the January transfer deadline rolls onto the world of football, Football Mirror considers six Chelsea players who could leave.
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek appeared to have reached a milestone at Stamford Bridge when he started five consecutive Premier League appearances between November and early December.
However, a frustrating injury, a bout of coronavirus and the long-awaited return of Mateo Kovacic sent him back to the bench again.
Reports from Sky Italy claimed Juventus were considering a loan move for the Englishman earlier in the window as a possible replacement for Arthur Melo, who was being watched by Arsenal.
But with Mikel Arteta’s side reportedly continuing their pursuit of the Brazilian and Aston Villa seemingly chasing Rodrigo Bentancur, it’s entirely possible Juventus will rekindle their interest in Loftus-Cheek.
The Telegraph understands Frank Lampard could be looking to reunite with Ross Barkley, should the former Chelsea boss complete his move to Everton in time.
Barkley’s best spell at Stamford Bridge, which saw him contribute five goals and five assists and force his return to England, came under Lampard’s reign.
The Toffees are currently lacking options in midfield after losing Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph to injury, and Lampard is more than aware of Barkley’s goalscoring abilities from midfield.
Despite some fine appearances for the Blues this season, Barkley is a long way off Tuchel’s plans – a fresh start at his home club could very well be the solution he needs.
Armando Broja has thrilled Chelsea fans with his impressive performances on loan at Southampton.
However, it looks like Saints are just as excited about his progress as transfer guru Fabrizio Romano understands Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are preparing a club-record £25million bid for the striker.
The 20-year-old Albanian is enjoying the best form of his senior career, having scored five Premier League goals for Saints.
And with £98million man Romelu Lukaku still top of the Chelsea line, Broja has every reason to question the opportunities he would receive at Chelsea.
With his contract due to expire this summer, Andreas Christensen’s future at Chelsea remains a huge sticking point for the club.
The Danish centre-back has thrived under Tuchel, developing his all-around game to become one of Chelsea’s most consistent defenders.
However, his contract demands would prove to be such a problem that the prospect of him leaving at the end of the season becomes more likely.
Reports from Sky Deutschland include that the former Borussia Mönchengladbach defender has been named by Bayern Munich, replacing outgoing Niklas Sule.
Tino Anjorin could be set for a second loan of the season, following his return from Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow.
The youngster has started the first seven league games of the season but an injury suffered in November forced him to return to Stamford Bridge.
However, BUT, via ESPN, understands the Englishman could be set for another loan move in the Championship, soon after his spell in Russia was cut short.
He’s still a long way from the first team at Stamford Bridge, meaning another temporary spell for some much-needed first-team experience will likely be next for Anjorin.
Antonio Rudiger is another essential defender who currently looks set for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Rudiger went from bench warmer under Lampard to absolutely essential under Tuchel.
However, the prospect of letting one of the best defenders in world football go on a free transfer could very well be too distasteful for Chelsea.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all expressed their interest in signing the experienced German when his contract ends.
However, his status as one of the fittest defenders on the planet could spur the footballing giants into action.
Unless he agrees to a new contract at Stamford Bridge, transfer deadline day is Chelsea’s last chance to secure a transfer fee from the German.