“The 29-year-old earns about £180,000 per-week, and the reason Chelsea would prefer to sell is partly because of FFP and partly to balance the books generally in a window where they’ve already committed £222million.
“They want to make a bid for Declan Rice of West Ham, who in Frank Lampard’s view would become the central pin in a three-man defensive line-up.
“We saw against Liverpool that the Chelsea defence struggled yet again. They weren’t necessarily outplayed for the most of the game but the 2-0 was certainly, in terms of Liverpool’s performance, worth it.
“Kepa Arrizabalaga made another goalkeeping error, but of course you can Mendy that – pardon the pun – when he comes in.