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Transfer list: Chelsea

Malouda is likely to leave. (©GettyImages)
Malouda is likely to leave. (©GettyImages).

Despite expectations that Chelsea would somewhat curtail their previously lavish spending this summer, Roman Abramovich has backed new manager Roberto di Matteo with significant funds.

The transfer window has already seen the recruitment of the coveted Eden Hazard from Lille for £32 million and Marko Marin from Werder Bremen for £7 million, and they will seemingly be followed to Stamford Bridge by further high-profile acquisitions.

Porto forward Hulk and Napoli star Edinson Cavani have both reportedly been identified by Chelsea as potential replacements for the departed Didier Drogba, and both of whom are valued at over £30 million.

Brazilian starlet Oscar is also expected to arrive in a a deal worth around £25 million, and Abramovich's summer spending could yet top the £100 million mark.

A flurry of arrivals, however, will spark a number of departures from west London, following the likes of Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou, all of whom left the club on free transfers.

Andre Villas-Boas had been tasked with overhauling Chelsea's ageing squad during his tenure, but his job has now fallen to Di Matteo, who is wasting no time in chopping some high-profile figures.

Such is the vastness of Chelsea's squad, there are still a number of relative bargains to be had, with the Blues keen to shift players either deemed surplus to requirements or in need of furthering their education elsewhere.

Florent Malouda is the most prominent name made available for transfer by Chelsea this summer, with Hazard and Marin joining Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge ahead of the Frenchman in Di Matteo's selection order.

The 32-year-old has 12 months remaining on his contract and had initially hoped to be released as a free agent this summer, and held talks with Brazilian club Santos over a proposed move.

Chelsea, however, will demand £5 million if Malouda is to leave this summer, and the France international is likely to have no shortage of suitors.

A player even less likely to feature next season is Yossi Benayoun, who spent the entirety of last season on loan with Arsenal, but has returned to Chelsea after the Gunners opted against taking up the offer to make the deal permanent.

Benayoun played a key hand in ensuring Arsenal claimed third place in the latter stages of the campaign, and has attracted interest from former club West Ham, although the Israeli will hold out for a move to a more prominent club.

West Ham have also made enquiries about Romelu Lukaku and the young striker will be an exciting acquisition for someone this summer with Chelsea making him available for loan.

The 19-year-old recently revealed his dismay at his lack of action since joining the club from Anderlecht for £18 million last summer and, with chances set to limited again next season, Chelsea are keen for him to gain experience elsewhere.

He, like compatriots Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois will form the focus of Chelsea's side in years to come, but may have to wait some time for their opportunity at Stamford Bridge.

Courtois will spend a second season on loan with Atletico Madrid next term, while De Bruyne is available to interested parties after completing his move from Genk last month.

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