Chelsea‘s ‘one in, one out’ transfer policy this summer may lead to the shock departures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, according to reports.
The club have already splashed the cash before the transfer window has even opened – with Hakim Ziyech bought from Ajax and RB Leipzig ace Timo Werner’s £53million release clause triggered.
But The Sun now understand that every purchase must be matched by a sale, and both midfield duo Kante and Jorginho are reportedly at risk of being axed.
Boss Frank Lampard appears more determined than ever to bolster his ranks over the coming months. Chelsea believe they have lost ground on their rivals due to last summer’s transfer ban.
However, the same report suggests that the club are still attempting to claw back their expenditure so far this season through outgoings.
A rough total of £90m is likely to be spent on securing their first two targets, and Lampard may have to give the green light for several first-team stars to be shown the exit door.
It is the centre of midfield that may be the most likely area to be overhauled.
The emergence of starlet Billy Gilmour, coupled with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to full fitness, may allow Lampard to undertake a culling.
It is believed that Paris Saint-Germain may turn their long-standing interest in 29-year-old Kante into a concrete offer.
And Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is also reportedly hopeful of reuniting with Jorginho for what would be a third time.
Sportsmail revealed on Monday evening that Chelsea are planning yet another raid on the Bundesliga in the upcoming transfer window, with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz firmly in their sights.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are keen to recruit a young winger to replace Willian and Pedro – who are expected to leave the club at the end of the rescheduled season.
It is understood that the 20-year-old is at the top of Chelsea’s wish list, although a host of other European clubs are also interested in a swoop that is likely to set them back more than £75m.