5 Chelsea players who may quit this summer as their deals expire in 2019
Damian Mannion of talkSPORT looks at five key men the Blues could decide to cash in on during this transfer window
1. Thibaut Courtois
"Courtois may be sold in the summer and the goalkeeper said he will mull over his options after the World Cup. He doesn’t seem close to signing a new deal and considering he has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, the city where his kids live, he could be off."
2. Gary Cahill
"What a steal Cahill has turned out to be. The Blues signed him from Bolton in 2012 for £7million and he could cash in on the 32-year-old this summer. “The majority of Chelsea fans have been unbelievable to me, but there is maybe an element of five per cent always thinking ‘get the next best thing in’ or ‘move him on’. I can feel that in a certain percentage,” he told the Telegraph in May. He still played 27 times last season, though the club may want to make some money from the trophy-winning skipper. Fans will be sad to see him leave."
3. Olivier Giroud
"Chelsea paid £18m for him in January and the striker signed an 18-month deal, so it appears he was always going to be a short-term option. The club have been linked with a new striker – Robert Lewandowski has already been mentioned – in this transfer window and when Giroud moved across London from Arsenal it was because he wasn’t getting enough minutes on the pitch."
4. Cesc Fabregas
"Not many midfielders are better than him in possession of the ball, are they? If Conte stays then surely he will be sold, though. He’s still better than Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, isn’t he? And he has only just turned 31, so if Chelsea do sell him, then surely some top club will take a chance on him."
5. David Luiz
"He rarely played for the club during the second part of last season. A troublesome knee and Andreas Christensen didn’t help and quite possibly the club could cash in on the defender, who if injury free, would be a great player to be able to call upon from the bench. However, he has since claimed he is loving life under new manager Maurizio Sarri."