The January transfer window came and went by and now all the teams will get started on their plans for the upcoming window in the summer of 2017. Not many clubs like to invest heavily in the winter period, possibly because of the lack of time that can be afforded to the new signing to bed in and hence prefer the July transfer window which gives the incoming players proper time to get used to conditions, match practice from the pre-season. And when some players come in, some have to depart to make way.
Premier League leaders Chelsea sold three big players in the recently concluded window with Oscar and John Obi Mikel moving to the cash-rich Chinese Super League, while Branislav Ivanovic also departed from the Stamford Bridge to join up with Zenit St. Petersburg. And there will be more high-profile exits expected in the summer window, as Antonio Conte looks to build a team in his own image. Here are three players who should be sold by the Blues ahead of the next season:
The Belgian, despite impressing on every opportunity he has been given, just seems like doesn’t fit into Conte’s plans. The fact that Diego Costa has been in the form of his life hasn’t helped Batshuayi’s cause but the Italian has used Pedro and Eden Hazard as false-nine during Costa’s absence in the league, ahead of Batshuayi and Chelsea were even linked with a move for the aging Fernando Llorente in January.
With Alvaro Morata continuously being linked with a move to the Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea seems bleaker by the minute. There is no question about his huge potential and he could become a big striker for any team he plays for, but Batshuayi just doesn’t fit into the scheme of things for Conte and will likely be the first man out of the doors in the summer.