Chelsea struggling to offload unwanted stars after January transfer spree as youngsters consider future

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Chelsea face a struggle to offload some of their unwanted players as they plan a clear-out of their squad in the summer following their £420million transfer spending spree.

The Blues need to reduce the size of their squad and Kai Havertz, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all face uncertain futures. But finding buyers for the highly-paid stars is likely to be an issue as Chelsea continue to overhaul the squad.

Following 14 new signings this season, Chelsea have a squad of 33 players. Graham Potter wants to reduce his pool of players and Chelsea face having to leave players out of Champions League squads for the second half of the season.

Conor Gallagher is one player who is attracting loan interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle, but the midfielder would prefer to stay unless he is forced out.

Jorginho is likely to be allowed to leave when his contract expires in the summer and could join Napoli or Barcelona.

Talks over new contracts for Mason Mount and Edouard Mendy have been put on hold until after the January window, with only N'Golo Kante’s contract renewal seeing any progress.

Potter has admitted concern about having a bloated squad.

The Chelsea manager said: “We’ve got to be, not necessarily careful, but you’ve got to understand we’ve got ten or eleven players unavailable and you can’t just sign players to replace those because then you’d have a squad of 30 and that is a problem.

"So you have to do the right thing and look at what the right solutions are. Sometimes they are not aligned completely as you’d like them because the January window is complicated. But always my job is to try to support the club, make the right decisions, and help the team improve.”

Meanwhile, there is concern within the Chelsea academy that their transfer spending will block the pathway for young talent at the club.

Jude Soonsup-Bell, Charlie Webster and Silko Thomas are all attracting interest from clubs in England and around Europe as they seek moves away from Stamford Bridge.

Recent debutants Omari Hutchinson and Bashir Humphreys are getting loan interest from Championship and League One clubs and could be allowed to leave on loan.