Chelsea have already found a replacement for Christian Pulisic, who was shown out of the Stamford Bridge exit door.
The USMNT standout is one of several high-profile Blues players who have been released this summer.
Not satisfied with the melodrama of the previous two transfer windows, owner Todd Boehly has completed a rare hat-trick, this time for exiting rather than entering players.
It’s unclear how many players chose to leave Chelsea and how many were driven out at this time, given that Chelsea is said to be flying close to the wind in terms of staying inside Financial Fair Play rules.
In any case, Pulisic has left, and the club’s board of directors must now work quickly to find a replacement, as the new Premier League season begins in only one month.
According to ESPN sources, Rayan Cherki of Lyon has been chosen as Pulisic’s replacement, and as the accompanying DataMB chart indicates, he outperforms the American in all categories except assists.
Lyon’s own FFP concerns, according to the site, are behind their reasoning for allowing Cherki to potentially depart the club, with the midfielder reportedly interested in a transfer to West London.
A deal is still a long way off, but there’s still time if the Blues follow through on their initial interest.