Chelsea have four players who are out of contract next summer and could start pre-contract negotiations with teams abroad in January if they choose to leave the club.
Four of the five players who are out of contract this summer are first-team players, and all of them are defenders, so the Blues' future transfer activity could be dictated by who decides to stay and who decides to leave.
Thomas Tuchel will almost certainly want some of his players to sign contract extensions, yet what happens in the coming months may be determined by the deals Marina Granovskaia can make. In this article we'll be looking at the 4 first team stars that could leave on a free transfer next summer.
Rudiger has been a standout performer under Tuchel, regularly getting praise for his contributions to Chelsea's strong back three. In 2017, the 30-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from AS Roma for almost £30 million.
The Germany international has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and while discussions about a new contract are said to have taken place, no agreement has been reached yet.
Andreas Christensen is another member of Tuchel's back three who has made the Blues so difficult to break down.
The 25-year-old impressed during the European Championships with Denmark and has continued to do so this season.
Chelsea's board has been trying to offer the Danish international a new contract, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that an agreement in principle has been reached, with the full agreement and clauses to be hammered out in the coming weeks.
After eleven years at Stamford Bridge, Azpilicueta, affectionately known as "Dave" by Chelsea fans, might depart for nothing next summer.
Since joining from Marseille in 2012, the club captain has made over 400 appearances and won eight trophies.
The 32-year-old has been a vital figure in the club's leadership, but his adaptability has also proven beneficial to Tuchel. During his time with the German coach, he has mostly played as a right wing-back, but he can also play as a centre-back if necessary.
Silva's contract with Chelsea was extended just a few months ago, with a one-year agreement signed in the summer.
Tuchel, with whom he worked at PSG, followed the 37-year-old to England. Both were heartbroken after losing in the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, but they went on to win it a year later with the Blues against Manchester City.
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