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Chelsea: Who will Mourinho look to sell?

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Since Jose Mourinho is still getting acclimatised to the current squad, there may not be much of a shake up at Stamford Bridge before the summer transfer window closes. 

By the time January rolls around it could be a completely different story in south west London as Mourinho identifies the Blues strengths and weaknesses. 

Here is a rundown of five players who could be on their way out of Chelsea:

John Obi Mikel - In his seven years at the Bridge he has almost exclusively featured as a holding midfielder, rarely being caught too far forward. 

While it is difficult to knock a player for staying back and defending, it is difficult to ignore lacklustre performances in the last couple years, often giving the ball away in key areas and failing to track attacking players. 

His style of play has become less positive and he almost always looks to play a square or backward pass, oftentimes slowing the pace of the match. 

With the arrival of Marko Van Ginkel, and the return of Michael Essien, Mourinho has plenty of midfield options, meaning the Nigerian could leave Chelsea.


Demba Ba - Despite being purchased less than a year ago, Ba is another player who could be shown the exit door. 

With Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku preferred over Ba, playing time looks thin for the former Newcastle front man. 

At 28, the striker undoubtedly wants to play regularly, and deserves to. Barring injuries to Torres or Lukaku, or stellar performances by the Senegalese international - Chelsea may not offer that to him.

Moving to another club may be in the best interests of both player and club.


Fernando Torres - Owner Roman Abramovich has given his £50 million man more than enough time to solidify his position on the team. 

The Spaniard must recapture some of his Liverpool form; otherwise, Abramovich’s patience will run out.

Jose Mourinho is a very demanding manager who is not afraid to drop any of his players (take Iker Casillas for example).

Given that, Torres has to start the 2013/14 campaign with goals; otherwise he will find himself on the bench. 

With wages around £175,000 a week, Torres could be shown the exit door quickly if he is a constant spectator. 

Juan Mata - This is a possibility that is just short of blasphemy to Blues fans. How could Chelsea even consider a man who has been their best performer over the last two years? 

If the he does not fit into Mourinho’s style of play, the decision is easy. The young Spaniard could fetch a sizeable transfer fee, which the club could use to shore up its weaker positions.

Also, it is not fair to Mata to leave a player of his calibre on the sidelines in a year where he will certainly be looking to solidify a position in the Spanish National Team.


David Luiz - Another transfer prospect that is a bit farfetched; however, with the recent talk swirling around Luiz about a possible move to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, if either team matches Chelsea’s valuation of the Brazilian, he could leave. 

Luiz has done nothing to deny the rumours, so perhaps he actually wants a move away from SW6. 

The likelihood of a transfer seems quite low at the current time though, given the high esteem Abramovich holds Luiz in.

 

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