Sources: Three Chelsea first-team stars open talks to join new clubs
Chelsea defenders Marcos Alonso and Fikayo Tomori have opened talks to join new clubs, Football Insider has learned.
The duo have joined fellow first teamer Willian in negotiating their exits from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Chelsea sources have told Football Insider that left-back Alonso is in talks over a permanent move to Inter Milan, managed by former Stamford Bridge boss Antonio Conte.
The west Londoners are negotiating with French club Rennes over a loan move for Tomori after he fell out of favour under Frank Lampard in the second half of this season.
Willian is close to quitting the Bridge on a free transfer and is in advanced talks to join Arsenal.
Chelsea have all but given up hopes of keeping Willian, 32, after he rejected an improved contract offer last week.
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But Lampard is keen to strengthen his back line after frailties were further in evidence in last Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
Chelsea are looking to offload a number of senior defenders to raise funds for new recruits this summer.
Alonso, 29, has been told he can leave if he finds a new club even though he has three years left on his contract.
Chelsea are working on a deal to recruit Ben Chilwell as his replacement and negotiations over a deal with Leicester City are progressing well.
Tomori will be allowed to leave on loan if the Blues bring in a new centre-back after a difficult six months saw him slip down the pecking order.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Chelsea have made Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez their number one defender target after struggling to agree a deal with West Ham for Declan Rice.
They are also keeping tabs on Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk.