Maurizio Sarri wants to reportedly offload Danny Drinkwater overseas.
Chelsea’s squad is stacked with midfielders Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek battling it out alongside the 28-year-old.
And now Blues boss Sarri has “has signalled he is happy for the England international to leave before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month”, according to The Daily Star.
Tiemoue Bakayoko was quickly deemed surplus to requirements by the Italian coach and was shipped out to AC Milan this week.
Now Drinkwater could be heading abroad himself as Sarri attempts to trim his squad and the club’s wage bill.
The star has endured a nightmare at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Leicester for £35m last summer.
He has suffered several injury blows over the past 12 months which has restricted him to just five starts for Chelsea.
The Bundesliga may be one option for him with Schalke, who missed out on a move for team-mate Loftus-Cheek, believed to be keen.
Former Manchester United academy product Drinkwater could opt to stay in the capital and fight for his place instead of heading to the Continent before the end of the European transfer window on August 31.
But Sarri, who left him out of his squad for the 3-0 win at Huddersfield, has no plans to use him.