The Blues hope to recruit new faces when the transfer window opens and will sell deadwood to make room. Chalobah has fallen down the pecking order while spending the season sidelined, so he’s on the chopping block.
Chalobah has become surplus to requirements
The 24-year-old rose through the youth ranks to Chelsea’s first-team in 2021, making 63 appearances in all competitions. Chalobah started less than half of Chelsea’s available league games, however, so the writing was on the wall. Having Levi Colwill, Axel Disasi, Benoît Badiashile and Thiago Silva for competition hasn’t helped either.
Chelsea have Wesley Fofana who’s been out all season through injury too, so Chalobah stands little chance of playing. The England U21 international had a bright future in West London before but could now be moved on. Nottingham Forest and Bayern Munich were previously interested, but it remains to be seen who will make a move in January.
Chelsea opting for one-in-one-out policy
Todd Boehly has spent over £1bn on transfers since his 2022 takeover, but Chelsea are changing their transfer policy. The Blues aren’t bringing in new signings until they secure the exits of unwanted existing players. Chelsea need a more sustainable financial model, so Mauricio Pochettino will have to earn his own transfer money.
Nizaar Kinsella of the London Evening Standard says Chalobah has an asking price of £25m. But with the 24-year-old still injured, clubs may not want to make a move. Chalobah has seen Fofana, Badiashile and Disasi all signed in the last two years, so Chelsea aren’t missing him. The Englishman previously rejected Forest to join Bayern over the summer, but might he now value playing time over prestige?