Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea Could Offload ‘Fantastic’ Defender in January After Blocking Summer Exit

Trevoh Chalobah

Chelsea are likely to hold conversations with Trevoh Chalobah over his future at the club in the next few months, confirms Fabrizio Romano. This is after the Blues blocked his chances of leaving in the summer transfer window, even after he pushed for an exit following Wesley Fofana’s arrival.

Chelsea Could Grant Trevoh Chalobah His Transfer Exit in January Transfer Window

Chalobah Could Be Loaned Out or Sold Permanently in Winter

The 23-year-old defender wants to be an important part of Graham Potter’s side but is not finding any position to get into the starting 11 after the summer window. Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly and Fofana are the first-choice centre-backs at the club – with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marc Cucurella also slotting into those roles ahead of Chalobah.

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The Englishman will seriously push for a transfer in January if his situation doesn’t improve under the new manager and he gets regular playing time with the club. If they believe there is no immediate need for him, Chelsea could decide to send him out on loan or sell him on a permanent basis with a buy-back clause inserted into it, adds Romano. There is a serious possibility that either of those situations becomes a reality in the next few months if his situation doesn’t improve at his club.

Chalobah Saw Transfer Blocked by Chelsea

In the summer transfer window, the 23-year-old centre-back asked for his club to send him out on loan to a club he can get more regular playing time and help accelerate his developmental process. Romano adds that Chelsea even held negotiations with the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and RB Leipzig over a season-long loan deal for the Englishman, but ultimately backed out after realizing that they need to keep the centre-back at the club – even after signing multiple ones earlier in the window.

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The three Champions League sides can come back for Chalobah’s services in January if they believe that a deal can seriously be done because they had secured his personal agreements over a possible move in the summer. The 23-year-old has only made one appearance for the Blues this season, which came in the 2-1 win over Leicester City last month.

He earned his senior call-up from Thomas Tuchel – who handed him 31 caps and called him a “fantastic player” – but the German manager’s departure has now created question marks over the defender’s future.