The transfer status of each Chelsea player after deadline day and whose future remains uncertain

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The transfer window is finally closed and the Blues end the summer having completed three incoming deals.

Chelsea added Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Bettinelli to Thomas Tuchel’s squad earlier in the summer and managed to pull off a loan switch for Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.

Fourteen players left Cobham permanently including Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, as well as young stars Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi.

Of course, you can’t forget the loan army who are spread across the globe. 21 of Chelsea’s youngsters and stars are plying their trade elsewhere this season with the likes of Conor Gallagher at Crystal Palace, Ethan Ampadu heading to Venezia and Tiemoue Bakayoko at AC Milan.

But with the transfer window still open in nations such as Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, and the next transfer window not too far away, who could still be waiting for a move away from Stamford Bridge? We take a look at Tuchel’s squad below:


Edouard Mendy

The £22 million signing has been assured since arriving at the start of the 2020/21 season. Mendy showed the perfect attitude when he was substituted for Kepa Arrizabalaga, and has been a very safe pair of hands.

Not for sale.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

The Spanish goalkeeper is the most expensive second-choice stopper in the world after his move cost the Blues in excess of £70 million.

If a club was to come with a serious offer that would see Chelsea recoup a great deal of that fee they will sit up and take note but with Mendy set to be absent in January due to the African Cup of nations, the 26-year-old has a role to play this season.

If he impresses during that period, perhaps there could be some consideration next summer.

Not for sale.

Marcus Bettinelli

After his Fulham contract expired, Bettinelli joined Chelsea with a specific role when he signed his two-year deal to be third choice. It’s incredibly unlikely he will leave Stamford Bridge before that point unless he gets some itchy gloves to once again be a team’s number one, or the Blues receive a tempting offer.

Not for sale.

Antonio Rudiger

The German international is in talks for a new deal at the club and there’s certainly some urgency with Rudiger’s contract set to expire next summer.

The defender has been crucial to a steely defence under Tuchel and seems to be the most secure member of Chelsea’s back three.

The Blues boss clearly wants him to stay, having said: “If he wants to have a new contract, he has our full support to stay at the club. He is speaking with his performances. He has been amazing since day one.”

However, if the clock keeps ticking towards January, Marina Granovskaia may be tempted to recoup some costs if offers come in.

Not for sale… yet.

Marcos Alonso

The 30-year-old has had a fluctuating standing in the Chelsea squad over the last 12 months but has found himself as Tuchel’s starting wingback to start the Premier League season.

The Spaniard’s age will mean he is never entirely not for sale but the Blues are very much happy to have him around for this season. Given Tuchel’s stance on Callum Hudson-Odoi and the departure of Emerson Palmieri, it’s difficult to see a transfer being sanctioned.

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Not for sale.

Andreas Christensen

Much like with Rudiger, Tuchel has had plenty of kind words to say about Christensen while the Denmark international appears close to a new Chelsea deal.

Given the departure of Kurt Zouma and no Jules Kounde forthcoming at the moment, Christensen’s standing with the Blues has only increased.

Not for sale.

Thiago Silva

The Brazilian might be coming to the end of his career and may not even be first choice for Tuchel this season but Thiago Silva had his contract extended for a reason. To pass on his experience to the rest of the Chelsea backline and to provide leadership to the whole squad. Those qualities will remain crucial as many players start the crusade of their first title challenge. He will in all likelihood last the season. Who knows after then.

Not for sale.

Trevoh Chalobah

There is perhaps no bigger winner from Zouma’s departure and the failure to land Kounde than Chalobah. The youngster’s impressive outings in UEFA Super Cup and Premier League earned his way into Tuchel’s thinking. He has until the next window to back it up, though given the Blues numbers, could be in the squad until the end of the season.

Reassess in January.

Ben Chilwell

The England star is struggling to find his way into the Chelsea starting XI this season and has missed out on Gareth Southgate’s side for the first international break of the season.

There is no reason to be concerned over his future however. The former Leicester star is still clearly the long-term option in the position.

Not for sale.

Reece James

The reason the Blues have felt comfortable to let go of other talented defenders in Tino Livramento and Tariq Lamptey. Classy going forward and able to drop into the back three when necessary too.

Not for sale.

Malang Sarr

The defender who almost feels like he was brought to the club to be simply sold. Sarr has yet to make his Blues debut since joining on a free from Nice. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Porto and seemed set to go out once again with a move to Greuther Furth breaking down on deadline day.

For sale or loan.



The EURO 2020 champions has often been linked to a move during his Chelsea career, with his agent sometimes touting the possibility.

He has really found his home in the last 12 months however, and appears destined to stay with the club for a little while yet.

Not for sale.

N’Golo Kante

An asset that simply nobody else has. His injury record may not make for pretty reading but his run of man of the match awards in last season’s Champions League leaves him irreplaceable.

Not for sale.

Mateo Kovacic

The signing of Saul Niguez was to help shore up the lack of depth in midfield, so moving the former Real Madrid man on would be counterproductive.

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Not for sale.

Mason Mount

In many ways a symbol of how good this Chelsea team is and the potential it still has. A key player that has left flashier wingers struggling for pitch time.

Not for sale.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

A crucial season for the Blues midfielder who still has a contract until 2024. That, combined with his salary will make any transfer difficult for the moment but with the arrival of Saul, Loftus-Cheek still has ground to make up to find his way into the first team. If the right deal comes through, it seems he would be available.

For sale.

Lewis Baker

The midfielder is 26 years old and with one appearance for Chelsea, seems very unlikely to make another. Baker was on the eighth loan of his career last season at Trabzonspor and with the Turkish transfer window still open, a return to the Super Lig could be the cards.

For sale.

Ross Barkley

The former Everton midfielder not being handed a squad number says it all. There was talk of a loan to Burnley but nothing came to fruition. There could still be a opportunity to leave, but may have to wait until January.

For sale.


Romelu Lukaku

Spending £97.5 million on a elite forward who has already opened his account…

Not for sale.

Christian Pulisic

The USA winger struggled to hit the heights his talent allows last season but at 22, there’s still plenty to work with.

Not for sale.

Timo Werner

Reports emerged over the summer that the Blues asked around about the possibility of a deal for Werner but the club were able to sign Lukaku without the cash injection. The German is further down the pecking order but will still find opportunities against teams with high lines, from the wing. Still time to improve his reputation at Stamford Bridge.

Would consider a good offer.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Given his limited minutes and tendency to be played as a wing-back rather than in his favoured role, Hudson-Odoi seemed in many ways the perfect candidate for a loan. When the likes of Borussia Dortmund came calling, a move wasn’t sanctioned with Tuchel keen to have the depth, the academy product provides.

Not for sale.

Hakim Ziyech

Looked destined to finally find his feet in a Chelsea shirt after a promising pre-season before coming off with a shoulder injury in the UEFA Super Cup. Returned quicker than expected but not first choice. With interest from the likes of Milan, and at the age of 28, you couldn’t rule out Chelsea having their head turned however.

Would consider a good offer.

Kai Havertz

The Blues made a huge investment in the German last summer and while Havertz has not shone consistently he’s produced some big moments. Lots of faith in his potential.

Not for sale.

Charly Musonda Jr

After a torrid time with injuries in recent years, Musonda finally made it back into Chelsea training this summer. While the Belgian has already overcome many doubts by recovering from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, it’s difficult to see his future being at Stamford Bridge.

For sale.

Source by Football London

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