Chelsea could lose Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku this summer as manager Jose Mourinho looks to revamp his strike-force.
The Portuguese coach has bemoaned the fact - or rather, his opinion - that he does not have a world-class striker in his ranks, and is reportedly close to securing the services of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has scored 26 La Liga goals this season.
Mourinho is prepared to lose all four of his current strikers at the end of the season - including Lukaku, who is considered one of Europe’s most promising young forwards.
The Mirror claim that Torres will almost certainly be moved on this summer. The Spain international, who Chelsea paid Liverpool £50m for in January 2011, has scored four Premier League goals in 24 appearances this season and could join either Inter Milan or Atletico as part of the Costa deal.
Ba, meanwhile, is also likely to be sold after failing to cement a first-team place at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old has scored two important goals for the Blues in his last two matches but, like Torres, has netted just four times in the Premier League all season.
Eto’o is poised to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, while the relationship between Mourinho and Lukaku has deteriorated to such an extent that the Belgium international also appears to be heading the exit.
Mourinho would need to recruit at least two more strikers, along with Costa, heading into the 2014/15 campaign if all four players leave Stamford Bridge over the forthcoming months.
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