The summer transfer window is set to be a crucial period for Chelsea Football Club with a possible revamp on the way.
The Blues, who should be under new ownership by the time the window opens, are set to lose numerous players over the course of the summer.
It’s reported that the German defender is close to sealing a free transfer to Real Madrid after Thomas Tuchel recently confirmed his compatriot’s desire to leave Chelsea.
Andreas Christensen, who also sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in the summer, also looks certain to depart the west London club.
According to Spanish news outlet AS, has agreed a five-year contract with Barcelona.
Cesar Azpilicueta was in the same boat as Rudiger and Christensen but his contract was recently extended due to an appearance-based clause in the Spaniard’s contract.
The Chelsea captain could still leave this summer with Barcelona said to be very interested in his services.
Elsewhere, there could be at least one attacking player that leaves the club when the season ends.
At the moment, Tuchel has a wealth of options in the offensive areas – with Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech to choose from.
The one that perhaps looks the most likely to leave is Lukaku.
The Belgian has struggled to settle at Chelsea since returning to the club for almost £100million last summer.
With just five Premier League goals to his name this season, Lukaku could look to end his nightmare second spell in west London with the likes of Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all being credited with an interest.
If these players are all going to leave, with two of them almost certain in Rudiger and Christensen, then Chelsea will be forced into the transfer market.
That is of course if a new owner is in place by the time the summer transfer window opens.
Chelsea held a firm interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde last summer, but were unable to agree on a fee with the Spanish club for the centre-back’s services.
Reports are claiming that Sevilla are more open to allowing Kounde to leave the club this summer, which could be great news for the Blues.
According to reports from Spain, Sevilla are willing to let Kounde leave the club this summer for £50.5million, with the France international now having just two years remaining on his contract.
Kounde is said to be just one of numerous central defenders Chelsea are looking at right now.
Given Chelsea’s pursuit of Kounde last summer it looks as if the Frenchman could be top of the list again this time around.
Elsewhere, moving up the pitch, Christopher Nkunku is a target for the club.
London reported recently that the Frenchman, who can play virtually anywhere across the front line, has been scouted by Chelsea over the past couple of years and again recently.
The Blues have a long-term interest in the £58.5million-rated RB Leipzig attacker, but of course no decision will be made until the club’s takeover is completed.
With Rudiger set to leave, Kounde would be a like-for-like replacement for the German.
It wouldn’t be left centre-back where Rudiger plays.
Move Kounde to the right and shift the impressive Trevoh Chalobah to the left of a back-three with Thiago Silva in the middle.
Nkunku would then go onto the left-hand side, but equally he could be used anywhere in the three attacking positions.
There could also be a case for the Chelsea head coach switching to a four-back system for some games – as we have seen at times this season.
This could see a midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, which is perhaps an exciting proposition for Chelsea supporters.
Silva and Kounde at the back with Reece James and Ben Chilwell either side of them.
The front three of Nkunku, Havertz and Mount would be a very fluid one, with the chance for all three to swap positions at one stage.