Chelsea Sanction £132m Exodus As Source Confirms Four Departures, With More Exits Possible


Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Chelsea’s intentions to drop Romelu Lukaku, Ian Maatsen, Hakim Ziyech, and Armando Broja this summer, with the possibility of additional departures still looming.

Under the Todd Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, there has been a significant turnover of players in the first two years. Last summer alone, the Blues secured permanent deals for 12 players, resulting in the departure of 14 players from the club.

Among those departing were prominent figures like Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, who both joined Premier League rivals for sizable transfer fees.

With another substantial spending spree on the horizon, further significant departures will be necessary for Chelsea to maintain compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations.

It has been widely suggested that some homegrown talents, notably Conor Gallagher, may need to be sold to ensure Chelsea can generate significant profits from transfers. Speculation regarding Gallagher’s potential departure persists, especially in the absence of a contract renewal.

However, transfer insider Romano has essentially confirmed that four more players will be shown the exit door by Chelsea.

Romano revealed that Lukaku and Maatsen, currently out on loan, will join Ziyech and Broja in departing, with arrangements already being made for the latter duo.

“We’re likely to see departures at Chelsea this summer, particularly with the players who are currently out on loan,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“As previously reported, the plan is for Armando Broja to be sold once he comes back from his loan at Fulham, and Hakim Ziyech can already be considered to have played his last game for Chelsea. I also expect Romelu Lukaku and Ian Maatsen to leave Chelsea.”

Reports indicate that Broja could be acquired by Fulham, his current loan club, for a nominal fee, although this outcome appears uncertain. Similarly, Galatasaray’s obligation to sign Ziyech is expected to be fulfilled.

While Lukaku and Maatsen’s destinations remain unclear, there are rumors linking Lukaku to the Saudi Pro League, while Maatsen expresses a desire to continue with Borussia Dortmund, albeit with interest from other clubs.

“But for the others we have to wait and see what happens,” he said.

Moreover, Romano suggests that Chelsea’s exodus may not conclude with these departures, hinting at the possibility of further moves involving other players, including Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah, whose futures remain uncertain.