Following Marc Guehi’s move to Chelsea, three players have hinted at transfer exits, causing concern among Chelsea’s personnel.
Chelsea is preparing for the departure of defender Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace.
Chelsea are worried that three highly-rated academy talents would leave after academy graduates Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi were permitted to leave.
Tomori signed a £25 million deal with AC Milan last month after spending the second half of last season on loan with the club.
After coming on a temporary agreement in January, the 23-year-old made 17 appearances in Serie A, helping Milan finish second in the Italian top flight.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are expected to sign fellow centre-back Guehi in a deal worth little more than £15 million.
Guehi has spent the last 18 months on loan at Swansea City, where he was a key player of the Swans’ Championship play-off final appearance in May.
The 21-year-old was also a member of England’s U17 World Cup-winning team in 2017, scoring one of the goals in a 5-3 triumph over Spain in the final.
However, he only made two appearances for Chelsea’s senior team and is now expected to join Palace, where Arsenal veteran Patrick Vieira has been named head coach.
The departure of the pair has created some disquiet among Chelsea’s youth set-up, according to The Athletic.
Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, and Myles Peart-Harris have not been included in the first-team squad for their pre-season training camp in Scotland, since they are said to be delaying on new contracts.
Another member of the Blues’ under-23s, defender Dynel Simeu, is reportedly close to joining an undisclosed Premier League club.
Chelsea has a history of developing promising young players before moving them on and inserting a large sell-on clause in any deal.
Former manager Frank Lampard gave several academy graduates senior debuts, but the business plan remained the same.
Tariq Lamptey, for example, was sold to Brighton in January 2020, but the Blues will receive a significant share of any future transfer fee if the South Coast club decides to sell the 20-year-old.
Lampard’s arrival aided players’ chances of getting first-team experience, but issues have risen since he was dismissed by Thomas Tuchel in January.
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