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Chelsea set to cut big losses on struggling trio

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Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are set to sell Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and David Luiz at the end of the season, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Torres, a Premier League record signing after arriving from Liverpool for £50million in January 2011, has failed to hit the heights expected of him and could head back to old club Atletico Madrid as a replacement for Diego Costa. 

Inter Milan are also said to have registered an interest, but his wages of £175,000 a week is a huge stumbling block that could prove difficult to overcome.

He has netted just four times in 23 Premier League appearances this campaign, and Mourinho is ready to cut his losses on a player that has never looked like justifying his huge transfer fee.

Eto’o has improved as the season has grew older, but his age and declining pace will make him surplus to requirements come the end of the year.

Costa’s expected arrival will shun him down the pecking order, and the Cameroonian striker does not want to play second fiddle to anyone and could retire or seek a move oversees.

For Luiz, despite being a fan favourite and certain pick for his country, he has accepted that his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.

He, like Torres, joined in 2011 but the strong defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill have limited his first team appearances this season.

Mourinho has recently deployed him in the heart of midfield, but Nemanja Matic is expected to make the position his own in the coming months and years.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona are reportedly keen on the Brazilian international as Chelsea’s summer clear-out looks set to begin.


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