Chelsea are prepared to consider offers for Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, after the duo played no part in the final two pre-season friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Drinkwater and Bakayoko have been with the Blues for the past two years, but it appears that they could leave the west London club on a temporary basis at the least this summer with manager Frank Lampard opting to ignore them ahead of the new Premier League season, The Telegraph reports.
Bakayoko joined the Blues from AS Monaco amidst much fanfare during the summer of 2017, but he struggled to make an impression during his debut season. He was loaned out to AC Milan last term where he was able to become a regular, but the Rossoneri’s reluctance to pursue a permanent deal for his services has seen him return to Stamford Bridge.
On the other hand, Drinkwater has suffered a similar fate since making the move from Leicester City two years ago and during the previous campaign, he could not make a single appearance under Maurizio Sarri, barring the Community Shield clash against Manchester City, where he came off the bench.
As such, the Blues seem intent on offloading the midfield duo despite the ongoing transfer ban, but so far, there have been no formal offers for either player. Bakayoko was recently fancied to join Paris Saint-Germain, but Idrissa Gueye’s arrival from Everton has seemingly ended their pursuit.
Drinkwater, meanwhile, has not received any transfer interest whatsoever, and The Telegraph suggests that the midfielder’s £100,000-a-week wages are proving a stumbling block towards him pursuing a fresh challenge away from the Europa League holders.