Chelsea could reportedly offload three more players after Ross Barkley’s temporary move to Aston Villa was announced yesterday.
According to the Daily Star, the other player who could be on his way in a similar move is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are also named as players who could be on their way out.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was quoted in the report as hinting a loan could be ideal for Loftus-Cheek in order to get him playing, though one imagines Rudiger and Alonso might be more likely to leave permanently.
Both have been unconvincing members of struggling Chelsea defence, so the club could do well to move them on now and perhaps find time for one final signing at the back before the October 5 deadline.
The Blues loaned Barkley to Villa after his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge, in a move that could get him the kind of playing time he wants there after a lack of opportunities at Chelsea.