Even though they've recently tasted continental success in a thrilling UEFA Champions League final over Manchester City, Chelsea are reportedly looking forward to strengthening their team for the next season, in which they'll have multiple challenges to face.
Not only the Blues would increase their transfer budget and allow Thomas Tuchel to spend over $200 million this summer, but they might also get rid of many players to make room for the new arrivals. According to Daily Mail, up to eleven names would be leaving Stamford Bridge in the next few months.
With Fikayo Tomori set to be the first one to leave, as AC Milan would trigger the buy option after having him on loan since January, the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta, and maybe Ruben Loftus-Cheek, could follow his steps. Moreover, three big-name players are expected to see the exit as well.
The 23-year-old striker hasn't seen the field very much since Tuchel's arrival and it seems clear that his time at Chelsea would be over. The homegrown player has lost the pivotal role he played in Frank Lampard's system and with the Blues reportedly keen on signing Romelu Lukaku, he might have to consider a new destination.
He won't be lacking in offers, as Aston Villa would be eager to have him back - he spent the 2018/19 season with them on loan - and West Ham also appears to be a potential suitor. However, it's uncertain if they would satisfy his $44 million market value.
The veteran center forward's contract runs out this summer and AC Milan have reportedly approached him. Olivier Giroud struggled to earn a place among Chelsea's starting eleven since he joined them in 2018, but he proved to be a useful asset whenever he was given minutes.
However, with 34 years of age, he wouldn't be part of Tuchel's ambitious plans but the Rossoneri could provide him a great opportunity to play Champions League soccer next season. Giroud might also receive more offers soon, as Premier League clubs could have him on the radar.
Former Everton's exciting midfielder struggled to live up to the expectations at Chelsea, who spent around $18 million for him in 2018. Barkley still has two more years of contract with the Blues, but he wouldn't stand a chance with all the options Tuchel now has in his position.
Besides, new arrivals would set aside him even more. He spent last season with Aston Villa on loan and certainly found the playing minutes he was looking for. According to the Daily Mail, West Ham might consider making a loan move for him but Chelsea would prefer to sell.