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Chelsea to axe three players to help fund their January plans

Chelsea are looking to add new players before the January transfer window closes, but Financial Fair Play restrictions mean they may need to sell first. 

The Blues have already sanctioned loan moves for Ian Maatsen, David Datro Fofana and Alex Matos, but we could see a few more departures before the end of this month. 

We look at three more players who leave Stamford Bridge.

Armando Broja 

Armando Broja suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in December 2022 that kept him sidelined for around nine months. 

He returned against Aston Villa in September and has since made 12 appearances in the Premier League, scoring a single goal. 

However, as per The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Chelsea are willing to part company with him amid interest from Fulham, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Christopher Nkunku is expected to return soon from injury, while Nicolas Jackson is also an option.

They are also looking to add another top-quality striker this January with Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen linked. 

Noni Madueke 

Noni Madueke joined Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven in January last year but he has failed to make an impact, having featured in only 14 games across all competitions. 

The 21-year-old came off the bench to score the winning goal against Crystal Palace last month, and Mauricio Pochettino rewarded him with a start against Luton Town. 

However, he was back on the bench in the Blues’ most recent Premier League home fixture with Fulham. 

With Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer in the team, Madueke will likely struggle for game time.

The English giants may not want to lose the young winger but could be forced to sanction a move to help fund their January transfer plans. 

Trevoh Chalobah 

Trevoh Chalobah’s future has been the subject of speculation this month. 

The homegrown talent is yet to play a game this season after picking up a hamstring injury. 

He is expected to regain full fitness soon, but Chelsea could decide to sell him in the January transfer window. 

Fulham are interested in signing him and are exploring a loan move (Daily Mail). 

Bayern Munich, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring the English footballer. 

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