Chelsea transfer rumours: Fikayo Tomori loan stance, Declan Rice’s wish, youngster’s exit

Having invested north of £200million in the summer transfer window, it was always going to be a quiet January for Frank Lampard and Chelsea.

Two weeks into the winter window and that is exactly how it has played out, with the focus on embedding the new players into the squad, rather than merely adding more talent to the mix.

Lampard has come under increasing pressure for his failure to form a cohesive unit out of higher quality players than last season, and off the pitch, departures are anticipated as a result of the larger squad.

We have an update on two exits, one of which has already been confirmed.

Here is a round-up of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

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Chelsea prefer overseas Tomori loan

Chelsea reportedly prefer to send Fikayo Tomori on loan to an overseas club, despite interest from Premier League sides, including Newcastle and Leeds.

Tomori has slipped down the centre-back pecking order this season and has been tipped to secure a six-month loan this month in search of more regular playing time.

Both Newcastle and Leeds have been mentioned as potential landing spots, but Football Insider now reports that Chelsea would prefer to send the defender overseas.

Tomori has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this season, and while he is still believed to be a part of Lampard’s long-term plans, is not set for regular football at Stamford Bridge any time soon.

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