Chelsea failed to get the better of Champions Liverpool on Sunday, losing 2-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side after Andreas Christensen’s first-half red card forced them to play half the match with 10 men.
The Blues have now lost their last four league games in a row against the Merseyside club, but Frank Lampard’s side remain 10th in the table thanks to their opening weekend victory.
Lampard has already added more than £200m worth of new talent to his squad, a figure which will creep up with the reportedly imminent arrival of Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, but there may still be a need for the boss to let some fringe players leave.
Rudiger’s Chelsea future in doubt after Liverpool omission
Antonio Rudiger has been a regular presence around the Chelsea squad since joining in 2017, but the German defender could now leave before the October transfer deadline.
This is despite the centre-back reportedly playing a big part in his compatriots Timo Werner and Kai Havertz opting to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Rudiger was an unused substitute for Chelsea’s Premier League opener at Brighton & Hove Albion, before being left out of the matchday squad entirely as the Blues lost at home to Liverpool in their second league game of the season.
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According to the Mail, the omission casts doubt over Rudiger’s inclusion in the plans of head coach Lampard, and could prompt interest from other clubs before the transfer window shuts.
The 27-year-old has played 80 league games for Chelsea and more than 100 in all competitions, but talks are not believed to have begun with regards to extending his Blues contract, which expires in 2022.
“At the moment I have five centre-backs at the club. I can’t pick a squad which has three of them on the bench. That is the way it is,” Lampard said after the Liverpool game.
Juventus injury sees Chelsea man linked with move
Chelsea are still pushing to trim their squad, and one player who seemed destined for an exit earlier in the window – left-back Emerson Palmieri – remains without a new club.
This could now be set to change, though, thanks to Juventus’ new-found need for cover in his position.
Juve defender Alex Sandro missed his team’s season opener with a thigh injury, with youngster Gianluca Frabotta deputising at left wing-back in the 3-0 victory over Sampdoria for just his second Serie A appearance.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, the situation has prompted the Bianconeri to keep tabs on Emerson, though the publication notes that Inter Milan remain the most keen on a move.
The publication suggests Juve, who are looking to retain the title under new manager Andrea Pirlo following the departure of former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, may prefer a loan move with a mandatory purchase if they are to move for the Italian international.
Ligue 1 club pushing for Clarke-Salter move
Blues defender Jake Clarke-Salter has been linked with a loan move, thanks to the summer arrival of Thiago Silva pushing him further down the centre-back pecking order.
The defender spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, having previously spent time with Vitesse Arnhem, Sunderland and Bristol Rovers, and hasn’t featured for Chelsea’s first-team since a League Cup outing against Nottingham Forest in September 2017.
Forest had looked to be leading the way in the chase for the 22-year-old, but they may now be beaten to the punch by French top-flight side Brest.
According to Football Insider, the Ligue 1 outfit are “in talks” to sign Clarke-Salter on a year’s loan, after conceding eight goals in their first four league matches of the new season.
The Breton club, who finished 14th in Ligue 1 last season, are currently ninth in the table with two wins and two defeats.