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Although faced with a transfer ban, Chelsea are facing a season where they have a surplus of foreign players and need to make decisions on the future of some big names.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has a high number of non-homegrown players in his squad as the new season closes in at Stamford Bridge.
UEFA rules state clubs in the Champions League may register no more than 17 foreign players in their squads for the competition, with a further eight spots available for homegrown players.
The arrival of January signing Christian Pulisic and Chelsea’s decision to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal has left Lampard with a surplus of foreign players. This means Chelsea have to sell.
A number of first team players may have to leave the club this summer to free up space or risk being able to play some competitions next season. The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta and Kenedy are being linked with a move away from the club.
Lampard must now make a decision on the players he wants to keep and those he wants to let go of.
According to The Telegraph, Bakayoko may have to leave the club this summer as it doesn’t sound as though the Frenchman has done much to persuade Lampard to keep him as part of his plans for next season, and reports claim that Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for the 24-year-old.