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Having assessed his squad while on the preseason tour of Japan, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has identified two players to move on as he seeks to trim his squad.
According to Daily Mail, Lampard will sell Chelsea midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko after completing assessment of every player during pre-season tour of Japan.
Drinkwater has only featured 23 times for Chelsea since his £35m move from Leicester City in 2017. He didn’t feature in a competitive game last season under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, with his only appearance last season coming against Manchester City in the Community Shield last August.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco for £40m in the same summer as Drinkwater and struggled in his first season in the Premier League before leaving on loan to AC Milan last season where he impressed after a rocky start.
Lampard believes Jorginho, Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as better midfield options to Drinkwater and Bakayoko.
Everton are reportedly interested in Bakayoko as a replacement for PSG-bound Idrissa Gueye .
On Chelsea’s ambitions for the new season, Lampard said: “I believe in the team and there’s more to come because we have a lot of younger players. There can be an uplift.
“Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”