Deal On: Chelsea ready to sell midfield duo this summer

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Frank Lampard’s reign as Chelsea head-coach is well underway and he’s continued to stamp his authority in his new team by telling two first-team players that they are surplus to requirements and sell him this summer.

The West London club can’t strengthen their team further, however, it seems like Frank Lampard is still looking to trim his options ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, midfield duo Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been told they’re surplus to requirements following Lampard’s assessment of the Blues pre-season tour in Japan.

Bakayoko arrived from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco back in 2017 however, has faced a turbulent decline at Stamford Bridge, spending last campaign on loan in Serie A at AC Milan.

Drinkwater has shared the Frenchman’s struggles, playing only 23 games for the Blues since joining from Leicester City in the same summer, with his last game coming in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City last August.

With just 17 overseas players allowed in the Blues squad, Frank Lampard has seemingly decided to sacrifice Tiemeu Bakayoko.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have turned down a £20m bid from their London rivals Crystal Palace for talented defender Reece James this week.

According to The Mirror, the West London club have turned down Palace’s offer as they look to keep the talented right-back next campaign following their two-window transfer ban.

The report suggested that the Blues are unwilling to let Reece James depart from the club due to the current transfer ban imposed upon the team for the next two transfer windows.