According to reports at the beginning of the week, Chelsea have put three senior players up for sale with the January transfer window looming for some out of favour Blues. In the meantime, a popular pundit believes Cole Palmer is in a battle with another young Englishman to be included in England’s Euro 2024 squad.
Opportunities in the transfer market can lead to fresh beginnings, unwanted attention or even enforced moves for unwilling players. Chelsea could be busy in the New Year, it’s hard to tell with the modern incarnation of the west London club. Todd Boehly may sanction hundreds of millions worth of signings and sales; the Blues ownership might not buy or allow anyone to leave. Who knows. Nevertheless, there are a few candidates to be sold, irrespective of whether a marquee acquisition such as Victor Osimhen or Ivan Toney respectively materialises. You can read further reports and verdicts on Osimhen and Toney by clicking one of the highlighted words above.
With respect to potential outgoings at Stamford Bridge, I would say that it is necessary with a slightly bloated roster. Some loans would help there. Yet this section concerns possible permanent exits from Fulham Road. So, which CFC outcasts comprise this apparently up for sale trio? First of all, you have Trevoh Chalobah as a part of a purported ‘one-in one-out policy’. Secondly, and understandably, Malang Sarr is in the shop window. Most surprisingly, Ian Maatsen is on the list as well.
Will youthful Chelsea playmaker Cole Palmer make it to Germany with Gareth Southgate’s England side? Here is Jamie Carragher’s verdict
Cole Palmer is a senior international. That is some feat at his age with minimal top-flight experience; the stature shows his calibre. Will Palmer be on the plane to Germany with the Three Lions? Here’s Jamie Carragher’s typically candid opinion:
"‘Saka will go in the squad. Foden, Rashford, Grealish, Maddison, they will go. And I think there’s maybe one other out of the rest of the names that we see there.‘Now, Cole Palmer was in the last squad. He’s been outstanding since he went to Chelsea, but if you actually go back to the summer where this great form for Anthony Gordon actually started, you can probably go back to the Under-21 tournament in the summer where England won the tournament, he was the best player. Cole Palmer was actually on the bench.‘So in some ways, Cole Palmer has actually superseded him in terms of getting into the England squad which maybe is a little bit harsh or he might feel a little hard done by, Anthony Gordon, considering what he’s done for the national team in the summer.‘But, for me, if he continues how he’s going I think it could be a toss-up between him and Cole Palmer because, for whatever reason, Raheem Sterling doesn’t feel like he’s going to get back into the squad.’"