Kevin Campbell thinks Chelsea will need to land two new central defenders in the summer with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger set to leave Stamford Bridge.
In the latest months, the Blues’ transfer and contract dealings have been hampered because of the restrictions placed on them after Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the United Kingdom government.
As a result, Andreas and Antonio – linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively – will both leave at the end of the term with Chelsea unable to hand the duo extensions to their expiring deals.
Kevin, the former Arsenal attacker, believes boss Thomas Tuchel must look to replace his outgoing players in the upcoming window as a matter of priority.
Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell said: ‘There is going to be big change at Chelsea in the summer. It sounds like the three of them are leaving. This is modern football. This is what happens. Players run contracts down.
‘They are committed to the club while they are there but perhaps they want a new challenge. They are running their contracts down to see what is available.
‘I think there will be big change in the summer. You have to replace Christiansen and Rudiger. They will have to sign another couple of centre-halves at least. The club don’t have a choice.’