Chelsea should prepare for another loan army fire sale this summer
Much of the rumor was about incoming targets for Chelsea this summer, but the Blues are also expected to prepare to clean up the army on loan.
Chelsea sits on a war chest made of a tonne of silver in the shape of Eden Hazard. They also want to do a marquee signing or two this summer, in addition to some other positions being strengthened. To make it simple, Chelsea have a ton of money and want to spend a ton of money.
While Chelsea have money to spend, that money can burn quickly when prizes of £ 70million are thrown away per player. So while it may not be necessary to develop this War Chest, there is also no reason not to expand it as much as possible to strengthen even just one player of more.
Enter the Loan Army. Part of the war fund is already made up of loan army transfers, but the Blues have several others that could bring in net profits to really bolster the numbers. The club may not get the ideal price they want for this individual player, but overall the money can still pile up.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is the one who could bring in the highest transfer fees, but the Blues have struggled to change him for a bit now. AC Milan and AS Monaco both appreciated his contributions to their clubs, but not so much to trigger his buy clause. He joined for £ 40million and the Blues may have to settle for something close or even below just to move it forward.
Mario Pasalic is the next player to consider moving on. After several successful loans, Pasalic has still not found a place at Chelsea. Atalanta has finally given him some consistency in his career and they are interested in making the third season a permanent one. £ 12.5 million is pretty low though, and Chelsea should at least try to raise it to something more reasonable before they close the deal.
Davide Zappacosta has spent most of the season injured but he wants to stay in Italy. It can work out, but it will be very difficult to find interested buyers as this season has turned into a ghost season for him. If Chelsea can come close to what they paid for him, they may consider themselves more than lucky.
Then there’s Kenedy for whom the Blues just can’t find a place anymore. He has played almost exclusively as a super substitute this season, but it is time for Chelsea to reduce their losses to their potential.
Victor Moses is already on loan at Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan and that deal can become permanent quite easily. Of course, Inter don’t want to pay a heavy price for the Nigerian winger and Chelsea can hold their own on that a bit. A club somewhere would be willing to pay for its services, even with his unique skills which are ill suited to most clubs.
Finally, Danny “hydrates or dies” Drinkwater. To say that Drinkwater’s recent period has been a shambles would be an understatement of his entire career. Everything has collapsed around Drinkwater and there is apparently no club that would pay anywhere close to what Chelsea did or are willing to pay Chelsea wages. The Blues will only come out losers on this one, but for the player as for the club, it is time to move on.
In total, these players could net Chelsea at least an additional £ 60million to spend, which is likely somewhat conservative. It could be a whole new starter for the team if Chelsea aim for the right targets.
But really, there is no reason for Chelsea to keep kicking these players. Of course, their value may increase further, but most have peaked or descended as they are. The Blues are expected to cash in while they can and use the money to further improve the team this summer.