Chelsea could save £700,000-a-week by selling six 'flops'

  • Kobe Tong
Barkley scores for Chelsea.

Chelsea always seem to have about ten million players at once, don’t they?

Whether it’s the legacy of botched transfer windows or the logjam created by their infamous loan system, you always get the feeling that it’s absolute carnage at Cobham when every pre-season rolls around.

Every man and their dog returning from loan and what feels like 100 vastly talented youngsters knocking on the door of the first-team must mean that Thomas Tuchel has the mother of all selection headaches.

Chelsea’s hectic squad

And that often means that the two-time Champions League winners have more work to do than your average club when it comes to synchronising their squad ahead of each new season.

Yes, you can keep brushing certain organisational problems under the carpet by sending squad players out on loan in an endless cycle, but sometimes the best course of action is to simply part ways.

And as the Blues march into their second full campaign with Tuchel in the dugout, there’s good reason to think that they could really benefit from clearing out some of the deadwood at Stamford Bridge.

Besides, when Chelsea‘s first-team squad for their recent pre-season tour was revealed, there were more than a few names who cropped up and provoked the response: ‘wait, are they still at the club?’

Chelsea's Tuchel in pre-season.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 16: Manager Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea looks on prior to his team’s preseason friendly match against Club América at Allegiant Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chelsea defeated Club América 2-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

How Chelsea can save £700k-a-week

So much so, in fact, that The Sun have been able to identify six ‘flops’ that would save Chelsea a staggering £700,000-a-week in wages if they decided to call time on their spell in west London this summer.

Throw in the fact that the sextet of Blues outsiders played just 90 games combined last season and it’s not presumptuous to suggest that a divorce between club and player might be the best course of action for both parties.

So, as Chelsea look to splash the cash on further major signings courtesy of Todd Boehly’s wallet, be sure to check out the six ‘flops’ in question that could help to pave the way for new arrivals.

Timo Werner

A loveable and hard-working guy whose record of 23 goals and 21 assists in 89 games for Chelsea really isn’t that bad, but lest we forget that Werner was indeed signed to be the next big striker at the Bridge.

Yes, he’s not been as poor as many fans will have you believe, but lest we forget that the German forward – pocketing a reported £272,000 per week, no less – arrived on the back of a 34-goal season for RB Leipzig.

Sadly, even the most ardent of Werner defenders must admit that he’s befallen Chelsea’s striker curse and that he could well benefit from a fresh start amidst Juventus and Newcastle United speculation.

Werner in action for Chelsea.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – JULY 23: Timo Werner of Chelsea controls the ball during the Florida Cup match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Camping World Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Malang Sarr

First-team opportunities did prove to be more frequent for Sarr last season as he appeared 21 times in total, but can the Stamford Bridge faithful really see the 23-year-old becoming a consistent fixture in the club’s back-line?

While we’d love to be proven wrong, the arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly – as well as the potential acquisitions of Presnel Kimpembe and Jules Kounde – could well see the £120,000-a-week Frenchman become surplus to requirements.

Chelsea's Sarr on the ball.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 16: Malang Sarr #31 of Chelsea dribbles the ball up the field against Club América during their preseason friendly match at Allegiant Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chelsea defeated Club América 2-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Michy Batshuayi

A steady enough first season as back-up to Diego Costa; followed by loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace; then a brief return under Frank Lampard; before further loans at Palace and Besiktas… it’s been quite the ride of Batshuayi at Chelsea.

And seeing him back in blue for this summer’s pre-season tour certainly left more than a few fans doing a double-take. Surely the £69,000-a-week forward’s time in west London is numbered.

Batshuayi is still a Chelsea player.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – JULY 20: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Chelsea FC and Charlotte FC at Bank of America Stadium on July 20, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Ross Barkley

Give or take a fleeting purple patch under Maurizio Sarri, Barkley’s time with Chelsea has never really gotten out of second gear and fans were surprised to see him collect dust as a mere squad player last season.

Considering the raw talent and ability that we all know Barkley possesses, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that a permanent solution for the £96,000-a-week midfielder would suit everybody to a T.

Barkley in Chelsea's pre-season.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 16: Ross Barkley #18 of Chelsea dribbles the ball during a preseason friendly match against Club América at Allegiant Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chelsea defeated Club América 2-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kenedy

A prime example of the ‘Yes, they really are still a Chelsea player’ phenomena, Kenedy has only actually ever made 30 first-team appearances for the club despite making his debut all the way back in 2015.

With loan spells at Watford, Newcastle United, Getafe, Granada and Flamengo having not done the trick, Chelsea should consider a permanent exit for the £25,000-a-week star to revitalise his career.

Chelsea's Kenedy warms up.
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Kenedy of Chelsea warms up ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Plymouth Argyle at Stamford Bridge on February 05, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Kepa Arrizabalaga

A solid enough first season in blue was followed up a collapse in form from which Kepa has never truly recovered, leaving fans scratching their heads as to why Chelsea made him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Sure, he’s proven to be a steady enough back-up ‘keeper and supporters will never forget his UEFA Super Cup heroics, but Chelsea could well benefit from calling time on his £155,000-per-week contract by finding a transfer solution.

Kepa in Chelsea's pre-season.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 16: Kepa Arrizabalaga #1 of Chelsea clears the ball during a preseason friendly match against Club América at Allegiant Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chelsea defeated Club América 2-1. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Time to go separate ways?

At the end of the day, each player has struggled in their own unique way since pulling on the famous blue jersey, so you can easily see why they might want to start afresh by signing for a new club.

By the same token, you’ve got to have nothing but respect for any one of those players if they want to hold Chelsea to the contract they gave them and go out there, work hard and try to catch Tuchel’s eye.

But you can certainly understand why Chelsea’s big wigs might well want to shuffle them towards the exit because it could just mark the spring-cleaning that the Blues squad needs ahead of such a massive season.

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