Six Chelsea players could still leave the club this month after the Premier League side failed to shift their surplus players on transfer deadline day.
Frank Lampard needed to trim his squad on the final day of a transfer window which has seen the Stamford Bridge side spend close to £250million on new recruits.
But Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso and Emerson are all still at Chelsea after proposed moves fell through on Monday.
That leaves manager Lampard with five centre-backs and three left-backs to manage as he deals with a glut of defenders in his senior squad.
But while Premier League outfits can no longer trade with each other or with clubs abroad following Monday’s deadline, the transfer window is still open for deals with EFL teams.
Frank Lampard now has a glut of defenders to manage
Players can move between top-flight clubs and those in the lower divisions until October 16, either on loan or on permanent deals.
Left-back Baba Rahman, midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Marco van Ginkel, winger Victor Moses, goalkeeper Nathan Baxter and centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter could all possibly leave on loan before then, according to Goal.
Moves for any of those players would help ease the congestion in Lampard’s squad after Chelsea failed to move on the three senior defenders who are no longer in his plans.
Rudiger was briefly a target for Roma when their deal for Chris Smalling looked like falling through, but ultimately they landed the Manchester United man.
Antonio Rudiger has stayed at Chelsea despite interest from Serie A and Premier League rivals
The centre-back was also believed to be on the radar of both AC Milan and Inter, but neither team came forward, while talks with PSG came to nothing.
He was also reportedly being considered by Barcelona, but their move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia collapsed too late for them to swoop for the Germany…