It’s safe to say that Chelsea Football Club has one of the largest squads among all teams in the Premier League at the moment. They have a quality back-up in all the required positions.
However, this means that a lot of the players will be spending time on the bench to make way for first team players. With the January transfer window now open for the Premier League, Frank Lampard and the company will be looking to offload many players.
Among the names to make an exit out of the club is defender Antonio Rudiger who’s in advanced negotiations with Juventus. The German defender is unhappy with the lack of playing time since the arrival of Thiago Silva and is looking to move out.
Another defender on the list at the moment is left-back Marcos Alonso. Since his woefully inadequate performance against West Bromwich Albion Marcos Alonso isn’t even named on the bench nowadays with Emerson Palmieri ahead of him in the pecking order.
Danny Drinkwater is yet another player who never really flourished at Chelsea and spends most of his time in the academy side nowadays. Brought in 2017, Drinkwater couldn’t get any momentum going for him since departing from Leicester City.
And lastly, there’s a chance that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will be looking to get a loan chance to find his confidence back. To say that the Spanish international is struggling is an understatement at this moment.
Roman Abramovich will be interested to capitalise on new FFP rules
With so many players heading out of the club, Chelsea are bound to make a profit out of their sales. This means that the club will be able to fund even more players should there be any requirement in January.
Although Frank Lampard has made it clear that he’s not looking to make a lot of business in January, some players are definitely on his priority list. The foremost being that of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. Roman Abramovich will be very delighted with the UEFA’s new financial fair play rules and regulations which will allow his club to do more business while abiding by the laid out norms and restrictions.
Chelsea will be able to increase their expenditure more with the departure of high paid players like Michy Batshuayi and Danny Drinkwater. And the FFP rules state that ho club should make a loss of more than 27 million pounds across three seasons.
The Swiss Ramble has explained it very well in the statement they released: “In the highly likely case that the break-even result for the 2020-2021 combined period is a loss, this will be halved for the FFP assessment.”
“This will then be further adjusted for any revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic (compared to the 2019 revenue base).On that basis, CFC will only have a small £5m (€6m) FFP break-even deficit for the 2022 monitoring period, as this will cover 2018 (£95m profit), 2019 (£73m loss) and the average of 2020 (£46m profit) and 2021 (£99m loss), i.e. £27m loss. In other words, they should be fine.”
This means that Marina Granovskia and Roman Abramovich will be tempted to fund even more players in this transfer window. With the performance of the club degrading rapidly a new influx of players may be helpful for Frank Lampard.