Chelsea owners are planning a summer clear-out in a bid to recoup some of the £75million spent on January signings David Luiz and Fernando Torres.
After two huge deadline day dealings which saw the club break the British transfer record, the reality of the Blues’ actions is starting to sink in as they start to feel the pinch that has crippled many in football and further afield.
A number of leading Chelsea stars could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge in the summer after recently announcing operating losses of £70.9m reports The Sun.
They are also conscious of UEFA’s impending fair play rules, which state that every club must limit their spending according to their income.
That could pave the way for a complete fire sale with Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, John Obi Mikel, Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov all names that have been mentioned.
The news that puts these Chelsea stars futures in doubt will bring additional pressure to a squad who simply have to qualify for the Champions League this season, especially after Roman Abramovich gave the green light to a dramatic deadline day foray into the transfer market.
As they bid to bridge the gap between themselves and the Barclays Premier League pace-setters, failure to break into the top four is simply not an option.
A Chelsea source close to the club confirmed, "There are a few big names and big earners whose performances have fallen short this season.
"If things don't improve there will be some notable casualties in the summer.
"The competition for places will be keener now and that should be a great motivation for everyone."
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been below par for much of the season but in a recent return to form which has seen Chelsea win three league games on the spin, they occupy fourth place in the table, and with the squad now at their disposal they will surely be looking to push on from here.