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Chelsea seek to raise near £70M from January fringe players sale

Chelsea are planning a fringe players sale in January to raise extra spending cash.

The Daily Express says Chelsea could bank as much as £67million by flogging five fringe players.

Blues manager Frank Lampard remains eager to sign West Ham and England star Declan Rice, despite spending £226m on SEVEN new faces over the summer.

But with Rice reportedly valued at a whopping £80m by his club, Chelsea need to raise funds while also reducing their number of senior players.

It's said that Lampard is ready to allow January exits for centre-back Antonio Rudiger, left-back Emerson Palmieri, midfielder Danny Drinkwater and striker Olivier Giroud, as well as Napoli loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Rudiger could fetch £27m, according to Transfermarkt, with Emerson valued at £16m, Drinkwater £3.5m, Giroud £4.5m and Bakayoko £16m.

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