Chelsea facing transfer exodus with FIVE first-team players wanting to quit including Ziyech and Werner | The Sun
CHELSEA are facing a mass exodus in the remaining weeks of the transfer window with five first-team players reportedly looking to move on.
Romelu Lukaku is Chelsea's most high profile departure but the Blues are keen to offload more players.
Thomas Tuchel is happy to let fringe players such as Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi leave but so far a willing bidder has not come forward.
The same cannot be said for first-team players like Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
That pair are both keen on following in the footsteps of Andreas Christensen by moving to Barcelona, report The Mirror.
Azpilicueta is hopeful of completing a dream switch to the Nou Camp but Thomas Tuchel believes the defender is too important to his side and does not want him to leave.
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But Tuchel is open to Hakim Ziyech leaving after he handed in a transfer request at Chelsea in June after becoming frustrated with his lack of minutes at Stamford Bridge.
AC Milan have chased the winger this summer and are offering to take him on loan with a view to make the transfer permanent, but the Blues are keen to sell right away.
Another winger, Christian Pulisic, is also reportedly keen on leaving in search of more regular football.
The American admitted he is working at trying to play more regularly but he could be open to a move amid interest from Juventus and Milan, particularly as the arrival of Raheem Sterling could diminish his game time further.
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Timo Werner finds himself in a similar position though Lukaku's exit means he could have a more important role this season.
But when asked whether he thinks he can be happy at Chelsea next season, Werner said bluntly: “I could be happy everywhere.
“The most important thing is that I am happy. I am happy when I play and score goals. That’s the fact. That’s what I should take care of and other things will come.”
Tuchel has admitted he has a number of players who are looking to leave.
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Speaking after the Blues' concerning 4-0 loss to Arsenal in the US, he said: “We have a lot of players who are thinking about leaving and looking at their options."
He added: “We got sanctioned and players left us, we know that some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is."
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