Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich is ready to let go as many as nine players, conducting a significant summer clear-out as he looks to trim his squad ahead of potential summer additions.
The west London side have been linked with a number of players over the course of the year, and Abramovich wants to add quality to his side in order to overcome their disastrous season, and nine players could be facing the exit door to make room in the squad for new additions, as well as reducing the wage bill.
One eye remains on UEFA’s strict Financial Fair Play guidelines and another on generally improving the squad, so the clear-out makes sense. Getting rid of the players who some fans may think are not needed, whilst others may need to remain.
The Daily Mail has reported that Abramovich has already planned out which nine players will be leaving, whilst the likes of Radamel Falcao, Mario Gomez, Marco Reus, Son Heung-Min and Paulinho have all been touted as potential replacements and added improvements to the Chelsea squad.
So which nine players will potentially be shown the exit? Let’s take a look.
Reports this week suggested that Roman Abramovich is ready to take a massive loss on Fernando Torres, a player he signed for £50m when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge.
It is rumoured that Anzhi Makhachkala are interested in the Spaniard, while he prefers to return to his homeland.
He has hit another patch of poor form, having gone 11 Premier League games without a goal, and his asking price could be around £15m.
A player which many Chelsea fans would want to hold onto more than anyone, Frank Lampard will apparently not be handed a new contract and is a way of cutting costs and a ready-made replacement may well be high up on Chelsea’s transfer target list.
Lampard is on the verge of breaking the club’s goalscoring record, and there will be doubts whether Chelsea can find a replacement to fill the void.
One man who will not receive a new contract is full-back Paulo Ferreira, who has been at the club since 2004 and is seen as backup.
His last start for Chelsea in the Premier League came last May and only because Chelsea were resting players ahead of Cup finals.
There are currently no confirmed rumours of Chelsea hunting for a new full-back, which suggests they are happy with the full-backs they currently have in the side.
He has not played a single minute of senior football this season, and had to face the humiliation of being forced to train with the Chelsea youth and reserve sides for much of the campaign.
He has previously been a great asset for the Chelsea side, but they are desperate to offload the winger and it looks certain that Malouda will be leaving the club.
He enjoyed a relatively successful loan spell at Arsenal last season, but has returned to Chelsea following an injury plagued spell on loan at West Ham.
Backed up with the sour relationship with boss Rafa Benitez dating back to their Liverpool days, this has put an end to any likely first-team action.
Minimal offers will be considered by Chelsea, with a move to Russia looking favourable to Yossi.
He only arrived last summer, but is a surprising name heading for the exit door.
Chelsea will listen to offers in the summer for the German, as the 23-year-old has failed to establish himself in the Chelsea first-team.
With the names linked to Chelsea, it's unlikely that Marin will stay past the summer.
He has been used sporadically during his six-and-a-half-year stay at the club, making just 20 appearances in the Premier League.
He will become a free agent this summer as Chelsea will not be handing the veteran a new contract.
He is currently playing for Real Madrid and it seems as if he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea could still make some big money from the Ghanaian, a player they signed for £26m back in 2005.
A return to Chelsea may not guarantee him a first-team place, with the presence of John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Oriol Romeu could all be ahead of him.
The 21-year-old has been out on loan in Germany with Hamburg, and may not be returning to Stamford Bridge.
Although he has potential, it's unlikely that Chelsea need his services.
With the likes of Gary Cahill, David Luiz, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic at the club, Bruma will certainly be at the bottom of the pecking order.
If Chelsea manage to bring in the players they wish, do you think these players will be missed?
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