Frank Lampard will let two Chelsea midfielders, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, leave the club after assessing the blues performance during pre-season tour in Japan.
Chelsea currently serving their transfer ban are battling to make a strong squad ahead next campaign and Lampard had to take a proper look at his squad in the Far East, before deciding who should leave or stay.
And on completing that, the former England international, now deems the £75m pair as surplus to requirements.
Drinkwater, who won the Premier League with Leicester City, has played only 23 times for Chelsea following his £35m move in 2017.
Bakayoko, 24, joined from Monaco the same summer as Drinkwater. But he was loaned out to AC Milan last season, after struggling in the Premier League.
With Lampard restricted to 17 overseas players in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, he has decided that Bakayoko can be sacrificed with Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and N’Golo Kante better options in midfield.