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Chelsea squad transfer value truth emerges ahead of possible £197m Enzo Maresca sales

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Chelsea have certainly been busy in the first few weeks of the summer transfer window. As is now a staple, the Blues have been linked with plenty of ins and outs.

Five have completed transfers but three of those are teenagers, continuing a trend of last few years, and one of those won't arrive until 2025. The two coming with more of an established record (Tosin Adarabioyo and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall) are both good value-for-money additions but possibly do not improve the standards dramatically.

It leaves Enzo Maresca will plenty still to do both for exits and arrivals at Stamford Bridge. As Chelsea look to raise funds and also improve their longer-term sustainability plans, football.london has taken a look at the value of the players already in the group.

Robert Sanchez

Sanchez's stock has only really dropped since signing for £25milion last summer on a long-term deal, and that's saying something. Maresca will be hoping to get more out of him than Mauricio Pochettino.

Value: £20million

Djordje Petrovic

If Sanchez's price dropped then Petrovic's definitely went up. There are questions over his ability on the ball still but he had a solid enough first year.

Value: £20million

Marcus Bettinelli

As far as third choice 'keepers go, Bettinelli is a good character in the squad. If he ever has to play the Chelsea will be ruing their luck, but he's a popular member at Cobham, it's hard to go too wrong.

Value: £1million

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Levi Colwill

Chelsea's defensive jewel. The Blues turned down bids of £30million last summer and despite missing a large part of 2024 and being asked to play at left-back, Colwill is still a gem and one of the most talented young centre-backs around.

Value: £75million

Axel Disasi

Disasi lived up to expectations having signed for £45million. He is extremely durable and versatile when needed. The Frenchman provides plenty of intangible qualities as well as an aerial threat, is a funny personality to have, but does not raise the floor of the squad that much.

Value: £30million

Benoit Badiashile

If Disasi is the solid but unspectacular ex-Monaco defender then Badiashile is the high-ceiling but inconsistent alternative. In his first six months at the club he looked a really good get but last season was more of a struggle.

Value: £35million

Wesley Fofana

Fofana could be anything and everything for Chelsea if he stayed fit. The if is getting bigger and bigger as well. This feels like a decisive period coming up because he could and probably should be first choice on the right when up to match sharpness. Signed for £70million, he is worth much less now but the potential is still sky high.

Value: £50million

Trevoh Chalobah

Cobham graduates have a tendency to be valued lower than others but Chalobah is now approaching 100 Premier League games as a 24-year-old defender who can play across the backline and in midfield when needed. If Max Kilman is £40million then Chalobah is considerably more.

Chelsea may be keen to sell for just £35million but that doesn't reflect his quality. Chalobah outperformed all of Chelsea's defenders last year, even though he missed over half of the campaign with injury.

Value: £60million

Alfie Gilchrist

There isn't loads of first-team evidence to go off with Gilchrist, who is likely to get a loan this summer. He is a well-regarded young man, though, and can play in multiple positions.

Value: £5million

Ben Chilwell

Signed for £50million in 2021, Chelsea have got their money's worth out of Chilwell, but it is heavily backloaded. He has been unfit and lacking form and/or consistency for much of the last two years. Chelsea will reportedly consider offers for him despite a new contract recently.

Value: £30million

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Marc Cucurella

What a turnaround it has been for Cucurella in 2024. He looked likely to leave 12 months ago and is now standing out for Spain at the European Championship. He has a long way to go to repay the £62million he cost, but there are promising signs.

Value: £35million

Reece James

Much like Chilwell, James has spent too much of the past few seasons on the sidelines to reflect the quality he actually has. Real Madrid and £80million were banded about previously but now it's back to basics for James before showing what he can really do.

Value: £50million

Malo Gusto

One of the big winners of the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership so far. At just £20million Gusto has been a bargain and will not be considered sellable right now.

Value: £50million

Moises Caicedo

It's always tough to justify £115million as a transfer price and Caicedo certainly hasn't done that yet. He had a much stronger year at Stamford Bridge than given credit for but realistically Chelsea paid massively over the odds to get him in the first place.

Value: £60million

Romeo Lavia

How to judge a teenager signed for £58million who only played 30 minutes last season? Lavia has a unique skillset that makes him valuable and promising, but Chelsea went above and beyond market prices to get him last summer.

Value: £45million

Lesley Ugochukwu

The French midfielder played a bigger role last season than many expected but for £22million the investment wasn't small. He showed flashes of being worth much more in the future but it's unlikely that he does that without a loan.

Value: £15million

Enzo Fernandez

It is a common theme in midfield for Chelsea to have splashed more on their players than they were really worth. Fernandez is no exception, but he does offer attributes that don't come with every midfielder, and Chelsea will be rewarded with a fine player and someone who offers them plenty in the years to come.

Value: £70million

Conor Gallagher

Copy and paste the Chalobah segment. Gallagher is one of the most important players for Chelsea but the public valuation has rarely reflected that. The club are now looking at closer to £50million to sell him in the final 12 months of his contract which is more like it, but if Mount went for £60million then Gallagher is equally as valuable given his form and place in the England squad.

Value: £60million

Carney Chukwuemeka

Possibly the attacking midfielder with the most potential in the Chelsea squad. There hasn't been much back from the £20million spent on him so far, and reports suggest Chelsea have a £40million release clause in his contract.

Value: £40million

Chelsea midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka
Chelsea will not entertain any loan offers for Carney Chukwuemeka this summer -Credit:Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA

Cole Palmer

Predicted by few, Palmer has made a mockery of those who laughed at the £45million Chelsea paid Manchester City last season. He is now worth double that at least and is amongst the Premier League's best players.

Value: £95million

Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea picked up Nkunku for what looked like a cheap fee of just £52million. At that stage he was one of the most in-form attackers in Europe. He hasn't done much since to improve on that but it is mainly due to injury. The small glimpses of him in the side have reflected a player with lots to offer.

Value: £60million

Raheem Sterling

Chelsea's top earner and now oldest first-team player, Sterling has had a frustrating time of things at Stamford Bridge. His wages are an outlier in the squad and his performances don't back it up. Sterling is happy at Chelsea, football.london understands, but they might not be with him if results to improve.

Value: £30million

Mykhailo Mudryk

If the new Chelsea ownership could be summed up in one deal so far, it's this. £62million possibly rising to £80milion on a 22-year-old without a proven senior record of note in adult football. Money spent on promise and potential rather than immediate quality, Mudryk is valued closer to the £30million Brentford were willing to pay in the summer of 2022 than the price Chelsea ended up stretching to.

Value: £35million

Noni Madueke

Almost half the price of Mudryk, Madueke has been just as hit-and-miss at stages. His form towards the end of last term offers promise but there is a way for the English winger to go before another club is offering more than Chelsea paid for him.

Value: £25million

Nicolas Jackson

If Gusto and Palmer are success stories for the Chelsea model then Jackson isn't far behind. As a relatively unknown £30million signing he outperformed many of Chelsea's previous expensive forwards and still has plenty of room to develop.

Value: £60million

Armando Broja

For Jacskon's promise there is Broja's frustration. Chelsea rejected £30million for the Albanian two summers ago but now he is a shadow of that player. A sale for anything vaguely substantial will be explored but the club will do well to get close to the £35million value from January.

Value: £20million

Notable others

Here are some of the players in or returning to the Chelsea squad this summer who have either not played much football or are uncertain to be involved. Sarr and Fofana both look like candidates to depart.

Malang Sarr (£2million), Cesare Casadei (£10million), David Datro Fofana (£15million), Andrey Santos (£30million). Dewsbury-Hall, the newest signing, is probably worth more than £30million but Chelsea only just signed him, and Adarabioyo despite coming in on a free is at least a £30million man.

It is impossible to truly estimate how much Estevao Willian is worth, whilst Omari Kellyman is surely less than the £19million paid for him. Other players, Deivid Washington, Angelo Gabriel, and Diego Moreira, simply haven't had the first-team exposure to evaluate just yet.