Chelsea currently have five first team centre backs, so it is pretty clear that one will be leaving before the end of the window.
It was largely looking like this would be Fikayo Tomori on loan. The youngster has barely featured at all for Frank Lampard since the start of last season, and he was even seen to be allegedly packing up his apartment in Cobham last week.
Looks like Tomori's off somewhere. Rennes wanted him before Mendy pursuit, wouldn't surprise me if he went there whether its part of the deal or not.@Jay13Silva sent me these, he's working in Cobham today, Fikayo allegedly moving out! 👀 pic.twitter.com/2yxPtXCXAj
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) September 18, 2020
However, perhaps he was simply upgrading to a new apartment in the same area, as he was handed a Chelsea lifeline by Frank Lampard yesterday.
The 22-year old came on as a half time sub against Liverpool after Andreas Christensen was sent off.
He proceeded to have a very solid and decent game at the back alongside Kurt Zouma, and he really staked his claim for a place in Lampard’s squad this season.
🏴 Fikayo Tomori vs Liverpool:
45 minutes played
1 shot blocked
2/3 ground duels won
96.4% pass accuracy
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) September 20, 2020
He certainly edged over Antonio Rudiger, who did not even get a place on the bench yesterday, sparking rumours of a potential departure as reported by The Telegraph.
This story keeps spiralling, but at the moment it looks like Rudiger could be the one to go.