Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is ready to sell Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer after appraising his new Blues squad, according to the Daily Mail.

The London outfit appointed the former Derby County boss earlier this summer after Maurizio Sarri’s exit and are currently unable to sign new players due to a transfer ban.

This means that Lampard is expected to give young and fringe Chelsea players an opportunity to play in 2019-20.

However, both Drinkwater and Bakayoko have been deemed surplus to requirement, the report claims, despite the sizeable fees that the Blues paid to land them.

BBC Sport claim Drinkwater cost Chelsea £35 million when he joined from Leicester City, while the same source state the Premier League side paid £40 million for Bakayoko.

The centre of midfield will be an interesting position for the Blues in 2019-20 given the personnel available to Lampard.

Jorginho was very much a favourite of Sarri and it remains to be seen if the deep-lying midfielder will have the same prominence know that the Italian trainer has left Stamford Bridge.

N’Golo Kane was given an advanced role under the former Chelsea manager but many of the supporters would prefer the France international in the holding position.

Despite this, it appears that both Drinkwater and Bakayoko will not be in the equation at the end of the summer, with the Blues potentially able to recoup significant transfer fees of the apparently unwanted international pair.


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