Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has a lot of work to do this summer as he decides on the players he wants to retain for next season.
Lampard had to be cautious about letting players leave last summer when the Blues were serving a transfer ban for their misgivings during transfer dealings connected with underage players.
The Blues were expected to serve a transfer window ban last summer and for last month until the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) waded in last year to prevent the second transfer window ban.
For Chelsea fans, it was like the ban was not lifted as they failed to sign any player. Their failure to sign a striker meant that third choice striker Olivier Giroud stayed at the club despite almost joining Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.
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Frank Lampard is expected to mastermind a mini-exodus of players this summer starting with French World Cup winner Giroud who could have left the club in January. Players that could leave Chelsea this summer:
1. Olivier Giroud – The Chelsea striker is certain to leave the West London outfit this summer when his contract expires. He had a lot of suitors last month from Inter Milan, Lazio, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Aston Villa but Lampard and Chelsea didn’t let him leave eventually. He has scored just one goal this season as the Frenchman has found first-team football hard to come by. Giroud is the third choice striker behind the duo of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
2. Willian – Just like Giroud, his Chelsea contract expires this summer and recent reports claimed that the Brazilian international could be on his way to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.
3. Pedro – Another Chelsea player who stayed at the club despite the interest in him from numerous teams. The Spanish international will leave the Blues when his present deal expires later this year.