Chelsea’s whirlwind transfer window is nearing its conclusion.
Determined to re-establish themselves as Premier League title contenders, the Blues have pumped more than £200m into recruiting new blood for Frank Lampard’s squad.
That has resulted in seven additions, including Edouard Mendy, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.
However, in order to balance the books, the Blues are expected to offload some players before Monday’s deadline.
Here is a round-up of the latest speculation over potential departures.
Rudiger must sign extension before Spurs move
Antonio Rudiger will be free to leave Chelsea and join Tottenham Hotspur on loan – provided he signs a contract extension before making the move, according to the Evening Standard.
Rudiger is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming days after falling out of favour under Lampard with the German yet to feature this season.
Rudiger is under contract until 2022, but Chelsea want him to commit to another year to protect his transfer value.
The west Londoners also want to avoid a situation in which Rudiger returns from Tottenham with 12 months left on his contract.
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Frank Lampard's team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.
And they don't seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.
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Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to land a centre-back before Monday’s deadline.
The north Londoners have been chasing Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar but have been put off by the Serie A club’s £45m asking price.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio on Wednesday confirmed that Skriniar is set to stay with the club, thus paving the way for Tottenham’s potential move for Rudiger.
Miazga set for Anderlecht loan
Matt Miazga is set for his fourth loan spell away from Chelsea with the defender close to joining Anderlecht, as per Het Laatste Nieuws.
Miazga has been contacted by Anderlecht boss Vincent Kompany, who is keen to secure a ball-playing centre-half.
The 25-year-old is an established United States international with 18 caps but has struggled to elbow his way into the first-team picture at Chelsea.
He managed two appearances after joining from New York Red Bulls in 2016 before embarking on loan spells with Vitesse Arnhem, Nantes and Reading.
Chelsea struggling to offload Kepa
Chelsea may be stuck with Kepa Arrizabalaga for the 2020/21 season at least with the club struggling to find a buyer for the out-of-favour goalkeeper, according to The Sun.
Chelsea want £60m for Kepa, who cost them £72m when he joined them from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Kepa has lost his place in Lampard’s side after a series of error-strewn displays, prompting the Blues boss to replace him with Willy Caballero for the West Brom game prior to Mendy’s arrival from Rennes.
Chelsea are also struggling to send the Spanish stopper out on loan. Potential suitors are said to be unwilling to pay his £150,000-a-week wages.
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