Chelsea to sell 12 players this summer, including marquee summer signing: report

Chelsea's prospective US owner Todd Boehly comes onto the pitch to join the lap of honour after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London
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Chelsea are planning another huge summer in the transfer market, with a dozen or so sales in the pipeline.

Since buying the west Londoners, US-based owners Clearlake Capital have spent an astonishing £600m in transfer fees. Chelsea most recently smashed their transfer record to bring World Cup winner, Enzo Fernandez, to Stamford Bridge, making eight January signings on top of the busy summer they had.

With the Blues enduring a testing campaign, however, and sitting outside the European spots at current, there could be further churn, with new stars coming in – and plenty of big names heading for the exit door. 

Enzo Fernandez signing for Chelsea

Enzo Fernandez was the latest in a long line of expensive Chelsea buys (Image credit: Getty Images)

Now, transfer expert Graeme Bailey has told TeamTalk that around a dozen Chelsea stars could be leaving – including Mason Mount and summer signing Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Yes there is going to be lots of incomings again at Chelsea this summer, we know that – but the exits are going to be as fascinating. There could easily be up to a dozen players leave, depending on who else arrives.

“One of the big names is set to be Kalidou Koulibaly – the Senegalese star was one of the first signings of the Todd Boehly-Clearwater era, and most in football saw it as a nailed on solid signing, there were not many in football pushing back on his £30m arrival from Napoli.

“For years Koulibaly had been linked with a move to England, he appeared well set to make it in the Premier League. But the soon-to-be 32-year-old has not settled into life in West London – he has not performed, Chelsea have not performed – it has not been good.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter with Kalidou Koulibaly after the Blues' 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.

Kalidou Koulibaly has had a tough season in England (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Now a summer move is very much on the cards, and a move back to Italy is the most likely option. Koulibaly is still held in huge regard in Serie A. One team to watch is Inter Milan – in need of reinforcements with Milan Skriniar leaving on a free transfer he is a player they have always liked.”

Koulibaly is valued at around €35m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.