As a club that is rated as one of the most fiscally secure in Europe, Chelsea are known for having deep pockets. Blues fans have grown used to the tiresome jibes about squad sizes and loan regulations. However, despite being home to a huge number of players, the previous summer seen a huge number of names left go. From squad fillers to young players keen to start playing week-in, week-out, Chelsea sold a lot of their squad depth in the summer.
This has left the Blues with a smaller (but still large) cast of players to pick from. It has also, though, opened up the chance to sign key players to new deals.
Chelsea are expected, then, to start making moves to agree new contracts with some of their most important first-team players. One name being suggested to be in line for a new deal is N’Golo Kante. Despite being on the clubs highest earners, the Blues want to reward the French star for his commitment to the badge and thus the club.
Therefore, a new deal will be sanctioned that would likely keep Kante at the club until the end of his peak years – or even the rest of his illustrious career. Other players who are being linked with new deals include Mason Mount and Jorginho.
The former is not a surprise, as Mount has become the face of what an academy prospect can achieve at Stamford Bridge. The youngster was a standout, scoring key goals in a major season that seen the Blues wind up as European champions. Jorginho is more of a surprise, with the Italian-Brazilian long linked with a move back to Serie A.
For now, though, all of these players are in-line for contracts.
Other Chelsea stars tougher in contract in negotiations
While the club are almost certain they can land the deals that they want, there are some concerns over other players. Andreas Christensen has been locked in talks for a long time, and it is still uncertain as to whether or not he will agree terms. The Dane has become a key part of the Thomas Tuchel era, but has yet to agree new terms. If this is not resolved by the summer, then reports suggest the Blues will look to move on from the player.
Another name who is finding it harder to find agreement with the top brass at Chelsea is Antonio Rudiger. The German has been a key signing since arriving from AS Roma, and has been essential under Tuchel. The defender has quickly become recognised as a key cog, with his exceptional recovery pace and power on the ball making him a tremendous asset.
However, with no progress being made on agreeing on a deal, Rudiger could move on as early as January. The likes of FC Bayern and Real Madrid have been linked. Chelsea, then, might not be able to tie up all of their key veterans to new deals this summer – it is expected, though, that most will sign new terms.