Timo Werner and three more Chelsea players tipped to leave in January transfer window

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Since taking over from Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel has done a tremendous job of making everyone at Chelsea feel wanted and creating a very harmonious locker room.

With that being said, the Blues do have a few players on the fringes who for one reason or another could do with a move away when the next transfer window opens.

Always looking to turn a profit and boost the transfer fund, Marina Granovskaia will be busy in the build-up to the January transfer window trying to secure not only incoming deals but outgoings as well.

Here are four players who could leave Stamford Bridge when the window opens in just under two months.

Timo Werner

The striker arrived at Stamford Bridge with a reputation of being one of European football’s top forwards, to the point where Werner was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.

Instead, the Blues secured his service and he helped the side win the Champions League in his first season.

The arrival of Romelu Lukaku in the summer has moved Werner down the Chelsea pecking order and though Tuchel has deployed the two upfront at times, it remains to be seen whether that is a long-term solution.

Currently injured, former Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas took to Twitter to say that part of Werner’s struggles is that his teammates don’t notice his runs and that he looks “fed up.”

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A fresh start could do all parties some good and Newcastle with their new owners could be the ideal destination.

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger has become a mainstay in Tuchel’s defence since the German manager arrived midway through last season.

Prior to his arrival, Rudiger was considering leaving the club but his increased game time, and a Champions League winners medal, convinced him to stay.

But his contract runs out in the summer and a new deal has yet to be agreed.

Instead of letting him walk for free in June, Chelsea may opt to let him go in January and recoup a fee.

Some of the biggest clubs in Europe are interested in the German international and though it would be a blow to sell him to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, the outcome would be worse to watch him join one of them in the summer and miss out on a transfer fee.

Ross Barkley

Having spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, Barkley returned in the summer looking to impress Tuchel.

Now 27, the midfielder is in desperate need of regular football and though he has forced a way into the manager’s plans as of late, it’s been off the bench in the league and in the Carabao Cup.

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Unless the minutes increase over the next two months or so, Barkley could force the issue and ask to leave.

From Burnley to Newcastle and Leeds United, he won’t be short of suitors.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Another midfielder who was out on loan last season and returned trying to force his way into Chelsea’s starting line-up, Loftus-Cheek has been rotated in and out of the team since September.

The Cobham academy graduate has all the tools in his arsenal to be a regular in the Blues side but faces an uphill battle to displace N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

Time is on his side at 25 and following Tuchel’s comments after the recent win over Southampton: “We decided to put Ruben because we were aware of their high pressing in midfield but we still wanted to go through midfield” – there’s an avenue for Loftus-Cheek to carve out a role in this side.

But the money Newcastle could offer Chelsea for his services, it may be too hard to turn down.

Source by Football London

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