Rumours are rife about Chelsea's ins and outs this summer. What players will actually stay at the Bridge and who is heading for the exit door?
Here is a list of changes to the Chelsea lineup thus far, and some moves that you can anticipate hearing about as we approach the August 31st deadline.
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen) £18 million
Mario van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem)£8 million
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) Free
Yossi Benayoun Released
Florent Malouda (Trabzonspor) Free
Paulo Ferreira Released
Ross Turnbull Released
Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Marko Marin (Sevilla) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Valencia) Loan
From this list it is important to note that both the incoming Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel are midfielders.
A continuation of last seasons lucrative spending in midfield reconstruction proves the Chelsea game has changed since Mourinho's last outing. Expect more build-up play before attacks next season.
Also, picking up Schwarzer may prove to be the best move of the window.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £25 - 35 million
-Forward, 12 goals in 27 appearances
Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) £20 million
-Midfield, 2 goals & 3 assists in 27 appearances
Daniel De Rossi (AS Roma)
-Midfield, 84% pass success rate in 12/13 season
Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich) £15 million
-Defensive Mid, 93% pass success rate, 4 goals in 22 appearances
(Daily Mail) Fernando Torres to Valencia - £25 million
-The 22 goal striker is seeking World Cup play in 2014
(The Sun) David Luiz to Bayern Munich or Barcelona - £40 million
-Highly rated defender has no desire to leave, but offers from European giants
may be too much to resist.
(Metro) John Obi Mikel to Monaco - unknown
-Overly criticised defensive midfielder may be removed from the ranks if one of the aforementioned midfielders is signed.
It is odd seeing two of the names on the possible outgoing list were brought in to revive a dying Carlo Ancelotti campaign. Should Torres leave expect bids to go out for Luis Suarez or increased money thrown at United for Rooney.
Under no circumstances do I see Luiz leaving for under £40 million. He's fit and playing well wherever he operates on the field.
Also, given the likelihood that there will be an increased offer for Manchester United's number 10 look for another offer decline.
David Moyes will be hard-pressed to let one of United's leading stars leave before he even have the chance to work with him again.
Should Chelsea bring in more midfielders look to Khedira to play a vital bench role during the first half of the season as he adapts to playing in a new league.
This transfer would be more likely if John Obi Mikel is offloaded. Michael Essien is a large part of Chelsea and proved useful at Real Madrid, keeping the necessity for a defensive mid low. However, given Luiz Gustavo's passing success and offensive-minded play experience he may suit the new Chelsea midfield.
Watch for the 26-year-old Brazilian to explode on the scene if he makes it to the Premier League.
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