The Blues have made a host of signings. Chelsea now look to loan & sell players.
Chelsea has been looking to regulate their entries and exits in the summer carefully. While the team did build their “own squad” in the transfer ban, the ones that fell out of favor need to leave too. That includes a few players that arrived during Sarri and Conte’s reign.
Lampard has welcomed a host of stars into Stamford Bridge this summer. That includes Brazilian veteran Thiago silva and German Wonderkid Kai Havertz. Along with this, academy stars Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour have embraced the pitch too.
But the recent influx and domestic club development have one clear consequence – too may players. The Blues may pride of immense depth, but promising stars will look for more game time with both EURO and FIFA World Cup approaching in the upcoming years.
Chelsea has to ax Fringe players
The London based club welcomes their sixth signing today. The last season, Lampard managed to finish third with an injury troubled squad. Both reasons look adequate to cajole the Englishman to show multiple existing players the door.
The obvious exit is Kepa – transfer or loan, he looks to be on his way out. In spite of joining the club at a record fee of £72 million, pundits believe he is sliding down a “slippery slope” and will definitely depart. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea will “go no further unless they change the goalkeeper”.
Italian full-back Emerson Palmieri may follow the same path. Lampard brought in Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this season. That makes left-backs to three, that too without veteran Cezar Azpilicueta! As a result, there looks only one fate for Emerson – that’s out.
Palmieri – From Conte to Lampard
When Emerson joined Chelsea from AS Roma, he said he was realizing one of his dreams. Today as he sits without frequent game-time at Stamford Bridge, his words are “I was very happy in Serie A”, he told Sky Sports Italia.
Emerson played just 21 games last season compared to 27 in the previous one, conceding 27 goals in all competitions. He has a clean sheet percentage at 7%, i.e. 1 in every 15 matches. Among Chelsea defenders, he has the worst goal conceded per game ratio at 1.76. Marcos Alonso, another left-back has the best at 1.13. (source: FootyStats)
As a result, after Chilwell’s arrival, Emerson’s time looks up. However, there are other problems that come in his way out of Stamford Bridge. Chelsea has dug very deep to rope in 6 players this summer. Roman has sold a part of his estate. As a result, a cheap deal doesn’t really look on the cards.
Chances of a departure
Emerson arrived in England when Antonio Conte managed Chelsea. Now that his gaffer is back to his home country, Emerson wants to follow his steps. However, Lampard and Co. want about €25-30m for the left-back, which Inter Milan doesn’t want to shell out.
In fact, they have made their move and roped in former Manchester City star Alexander Kolarov for €2 million. As a result, those doors are already closed for him. However, a return to his previous club Roma may still be on the cards.
His agent Fernando Garcia did agree that Emerson may depart from the club, though he has not yet talked to the club about a move away. “I can only say that Inter are interested in the player”, he told Inter1908, stressing on “possibility” of his sale.