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5 Chelsea players who could still leave before transfer window slams shut

Chelsea have already seen 15 first-team stars leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but with Tuesday’s deadline looming, there are still plenty more that could exit the club

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Chelsea may have only made two signings during this transfer window but one of them was a major £97.5million deal to re-sign Romelu Lukaku, and the Belgian has already hit the ground running for Thomas Tuchel.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli also joined on a free transfer from Fulham following the release of Willy Caballero, but Chelsea have also let a whole host of stars leave the club.

15 players have left Stamford Bridge this summer, with eight of those deals being done on a permanent basis, most notably Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori who have both been sold to the Serie A.

With Tuesday’s deadline drawing ever closer, more stars could be on their way out and The Mirror Football takes a look at who could still leave the club…

Ross Barkley



Ross Barkley has fallen out of favour at Chelsea




Ross Barkley was signed by Chelsea in 2018, after the midfielder joined from Everton for a fee of £15m.

The Englishman had good spells during his first two seasons but fell out of favour, resulting in a loan move to Aston Villa for the last campaign.

Barkley featured in 24 of Villa’s Premier League games last season but clearly has no future under Tuchel, as he has been left out of every squad so far this season.

Villa were though to be interested in signing Barkley on a permanent deal, but opted to re-invest their £100m injection from Jack Grealish elsewhere.

Danny Drinkwater



Danny Drinkwater’s move from Leicester has been a disaster
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Danny Drinkwater was signed by Chelsea in 2017 to partner his former Leicester teammate Ngolo Kante in the heart of their midfield.

The former duo excelled for Leicester as they famously won the Premier League title against all the odds, and although Kante has kicked on, Drinkwater’s career has gone in the opposite direction.









The midfielder has been loaned out since 2019 and even was shipped off to Turkey last year, highlighting his fall from grace since leaving Leicester.

Drinkwater has been linked with a move to the Championship, with Reading amongst those interested.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko



Tiemoue Bakayoko could return to Italy after a loan spell with Napoli
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Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco as the French champions were raided following their Ligue 1 title success in the 2016/17 season.

Despite the incredible promise that the Frenchman arrived with, it never really worked for the midfielder in England and he was soon loaned out to Italy.

AC Milan were his first loan side, and stints at former club Monaco and then Napoli followed, but now Milan look set to re-sign Bakayoko before the deadline.

According to reports in Italy, Bakayoko has arrived in Milan to secure another loan move, which could last for two years.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek



Ruben Loftus Cheek’s career has been hampered by injuries




Ruben Loftus-Cheek came up through the Chelsea academy and is seen as one of the more successful graduates in recent times, still with a career to his name following loan moves.

The 25-year-old has had multiple issues with injury that have stalled his progression, but Jose Mourinho has reportedly shown an interest in signing the midfielder to complete his Chelsea raid.

Mourinho has already completed the permanent signing of Tammy Abraham, but now looks interested in securing Loftus-Cheek on loan also.

The midfielder’s previous loan stints have been to fellow English sides, so the proposition of an Italian challenge could tempt him.







Lewis Baker



Lewis Baker has been loaned out eight times in seven years
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Lewis Baker was promoted to the first-team with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in 2014, but unlike his English teammate, hasn’t enjoyed any success at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old has never made a league appearance for Chelsea, and has been loaned out eight times in seven years, playing in four different countries.

Baker is entering the final year of his contract and could leave the club next summer for free if a new deal isn’t offered.

With a lengthy career still ahead of him, it may be time to escape the loan-trap and get his career back on track, and find his feet at a club permanently.




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