After being dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester City at the weekend, Chelsea will once again look to the summer to rebuild and recruit new players for their squad to build on what has been a disappointing season.
The question is: which players will make the cut, and which will part ways with the Stamford Bridge outfit in the summer?
The midfield veteran's fantastic career at Chelsea seems to be all but over, with reports this week suggesting LA Galaxy will be Frank's next destination as they offer a lucrative $6m-a-year deal for the Chelsea star to move to the US.
It seems even a £100,00-a-week pay cut wasn't enough to entice the Chelsea board to hand Lampard an extension this summer and, with other players like Ashley Cole being handed contracts already, there only seems one way for Lampard to go this summer: the Stamford Bridge exit. This will be sad news not only for Chelsea fans, who still chant "Sign him up" all but in vain whenever Frank touches the ball, but also for the Premier League as a whole as they look set to lose one of the greatest midfielders they have ever witnessed.
The Frenchman was infamously left out of the 25-man Premier League squad for the current 2012/13 campaign at the beginning of the season, and further disagreements with the Chelsea directors saw Malouda forced to train with the Youth and Academy players for the season.
A move to MLS in the summer of 2012 broke down early on, and missing out a whole season of competitive football will surely have left Malouda frustrated and determined to leave this summer under the Bosman ruling when his contract expires in June.
His pay packet of £80,000-a-week will be a welcome reduction off the Blues' wage bills as they look to make cut backs on expenditure.
Israeli Benayoun was drafted in to the Chelsea team in the summer of 2010 from Liverpool for a fee of around £5.5m. He was brought in as cover for the Chelsea midfield who were set to lose the trio of Michael Ballack, Deco and Joe Cole in the same summer. However, his tenure at Chelsea got off to a quiet start and an Achilles tendon injury ruled him out of the 2010/11 season and he was subsequently loaned out to Arsenal and West Ham, meaning he missed out on Chelsea's Champions League glory, while his number 10 shirt was handed to Juan Mata.
A move away in the summer would allow Benayoun to finish his career with regular first-team football and shave £75,000-a-week off Chelsea's bills, a move which would benefit both player and team as the arrivals of Victor Moses, Oscar and Eden Hazard looked to have reduced first-team opportunities at Chelsea.
There is no doubt the £50m price tag has weighed heavy on El Nino's shoulders during his tenure at Chelsea. A disappointing 31 goals in 122 appearances shows how much of a shadow Torres has become of his former self.
It seems the Chelsea board, too, have finally lost patience with the Spaniard and are ready to use Torres as part of a cash-and-player deal to buy Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid. This move may be perfect for both club and player as many have called for Torres to move on for his own good, before the damage done to his career at Chelsea becomes irreparable and ruins his confidence for good.
Chelsea may look to cut their losses and accept a low price for the striker in order to move on and replace him in summer with players like Andre Schurrle, who will have have wages half the amount of Torres's staggeringly high £175,000-a-week.
Do you agree with the decisions on these players above? Who else do you think could be on their way out or in to Stamford Bridge?
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