3 players who are most likely to leave Chelsea this summer
Sarri, 59, ended his association with Napoli last month but he still has two years remaining on his current contract with the Serie A outfit. However, he is now expected to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge in the coming days.
Despite helping Chelsea to win the FA Cup in May, Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Blues will play in the Europa League next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League last term.
Conte was not solely responsible for Chelsea’s poor performances this past season as several players struggled to find their form and were unable to perform on a consistent basis.
Keeping that in mind, here are three players who could follow Conte out of Chelsea this summer.
Thibaut Courtois has been heavily linked to a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid interested in him.
In Petr Cech’s final days at Chelsea, Courtois established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the Czech international. He is regarded as one of the best custodians in the Premier League due to his excellent shot-stopping abilities and distribution skills.
The Belgian’s contract with the Blues runs out at the end of the 2018/19 season and so far he has refused to sign a new deal. And with no Champions League football next season, Courtois’ chances of leaving Chelsea are pretty high this summer.
Cahill was a rock at the back for Chelsea during title triumph under Conte in the 2016/17 campaign. But he failed to replicate his performances this past season and lost his place to Antonio Rudiger.
While Cahill regained his form towards the end of the season which earned him a place in England’s World Cup squad, the defender is past his prime and doesn’t have the quality to play for the Blues on a regular basis.
The 32-year-old has a year left on his present contract with Chelsea, who might look to cash in on him this summer.
Another player who could be coming to the end of his time at Chelsea is midfielder Fabregas, following an underwhelming campaign last term.
The Spaniard was given a lot of chances to prove his worth by Conte but Fabregas simply failed to live up to the billing last season. He lacked the guile and intensity, which once made him one of the better midfielders in the Premier League.
Fabregas, whose contract with Chelsea also runs until 2019, showed signs of slowing down last season, and the Blues could look to offload the Spaniard this summer.