He’s had weeks to assess his options ahead of the new season but it’s time for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to trim down his current squad, but who will be the players to leave the club.
Juan Cuadrado – OUT
The midfielder joined the club after a successful spell in Italy with Fiorentina which saw manager Jose Mourinho bring the player to Stamford Bridge half way through their title winning season. After an unsuccessful period he was loaned out to Juventus for the 15/16 season where he again impressed making 28 appearances and scoring four goals.
Reports suggested that Conte was a fan of the player where he tried to bring the Colombian to former club Juventus, his case was made stronger when he said:
“Now, he’s a Chelsea player and he’ll stay with us. If something changes you’ll know.”
However, Conte has preferred to play with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Willian and Hazard occupying the wide positions with fringe players such as Pedro and Victor Moses getting ahead of him.
AC Milan have expressed an interest in taking the player on a season long loan and with the competition for places on the flanks Chelsea may be tempted to sell up if an offer comes in.
Nathan Chalobah – IN
A rare academy product who’s been able to get a run of games in the first team but it seems as though Nathaniel Chalobah may have played his way into Conte’s plans for this season.
The midfielder has endured six loan spells in four years but the experience gained may finally be paying off for Chalobah.
Of course with N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, John Mikel Obi and Cesc Fabregas the deep lying midfield position will be fiercely competed for and with no European football it means there are less games to be shared amongst the player.
Chalobah has featured regularly in pre-season tours to Austria and America especially with two assists for Eden Hazard in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid, but throughout the games he’s shown tremendous calmness and intelligence on the ball.
Michael Hector – OUT
It was one of the more confusing signings last summer and the fact they loaned the 23 year-old back to Reading made transfer even more bemusing.
Conte has prioritised the centre back role as a position which needs reinforcements with the club’s pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly yet to bear fruit, so the fact Hector hasn’t even been considered in games over pre-season would suggest they’re willing to let the player go.
Pedro – IN
One of the safer players, Pedro will wonder about game time. After not playing a significant role in the games so far with Willian’s work ethic and Hazard’s pure natural ability on the ball, it will be hard to knock either of those players out of the first team.
The former Barcelona man had an inconsistent debut season in England with lacklustre performances under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink with Chelsea supporters losing patience with the Spain international having seen him shine at the Nou Camp.
Reports suggest that clubs are looking at the Spaniard with Valencia expressing an interest, the club would surely be willing to listen to offers with the amount of competition in those places.
The club will want to raise funds to potentially make a move for another attacking player to freshen things up in the Chelsea attack.
Victor Moses – OUT
A player whose career has failed to take off at Stamford Bridge, the Nigeria international has failed to nail down a first team place which has meant loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.
You could say the winger has been unfairly treated with the former Crystal Palace and Wigan man impressing last preseason only for Jose Mourinho opting to select players based on names rather than performances.
Moses certainly possesses an attacking threat with his pace, strength and directness although there has always been question marks about his consistency. He’s featured in pre-season although like Pedro and Cuadrado, if an offer comes in which meets the club’s valuation you would think he will be sold.
Oscar – IN/OUT
After joining the club in 2012 for a fee of £25m, the Brazilian has failed to make a real impact since joining with inconsistent performances, you seem to get one good performances in six games and for a club like Chelsea it just isn’t enough.
He’s been a subject of transfer speculation for the past few summer transfer windows with the likes of PSG, Juventus and Inter Milan reportedly interested in the player.
Chelsea lacked a spark in the final third last term without Hazard firing but they will still need someone who can consistently produce and it may mean the Chelsea man being sold if the offer is correct.
The Brazilian has performed well in recent weeks with goals against AC Milan and Werder Bremen which could sway Conte, either way his position at the club will still be disputed.