Thomas Tuchel is now ready to sell four Chelsea stars after completing a deal for Jules Kounde but could be stuck with the unwanted players as the club struggle to attract offers.
Chelsea are working hard to sign Kounde from Sevilla, having already signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Tuchel is keen to add another defender to his squad, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Christensen leave at the end of last campaign.
But Chelsea face huge competition from Barcelona, who are prepared to put their financial issues to one side to poach Kounde from their La Liga rivals.
Chelsea, though, remain optimistic that Kounde will be heading to west London as Barcelona president has even confirmed the Sevilla star is heading to Stamford Bridge.
According to The Telegraph, Tuchel is ready to sanction the departures of a number of first-team regulars, although whether Chelsea can attract suitable offers remains uncertain.
It is claimed that Tuchel is ready to sell Timo Werner, Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech and Michy Batshuayi.
Werner and Ziyech have been heavily linked with moves away from Chelsea after Sterling’s £50m move from Manchester City, with Werner hinting he could seek a transfer away.
Arrizabalaga does not want to spend another campaign as Edouard Mendy’s back-up but Chelsea will struggle to recoup the £72m they spent on him in 2018.
Ziyech, meanwhile, has held talks over a move to Serie A side AC Milan and is open to leaving after slipping down the pecking order at the club.