Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he has to sell one player before the close of the transfer window, with the Telegraph claiming that four players are running the risk of being chopped.
So far Mourinho has signed Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas this summer - which has put Chelsea over the number of foreign players they are allowed to include in their squad for the upcoming season.
They have so far offloaded David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain, and Romelu Lukaku to Everton, while Oriol Romeu and Marko Marin have been shipped out on loan to Stuttgart and Fiorentina respectively. Christian Atsu has also been allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in order to join Everton on loan as well.
However Chelsea still need to get rid of one player in order to ensure they meet the Premier League's criteria of having no more than 17 foreign players over the age of 21 in their squad.
Facing the chop
According to to the Telegraph, one of Fernando Torres, Petr Cech, Marco van Ginkel or John Obi Mikel will be sold in order to help them meet the quota, while Victor Moses could also be shown the door, although he is considered a home grown player so won't count towards the quota.
Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 win in their final pre-season game against Real Sociedad on Tuesday, Mourinho confirmed that Moses could leave, and admitted that he had some thinking to do in order to conform to the rules.
“We have one problem to resolve, that we have one extra foreign player at the moment and Victor is not a foreign player,” he told reporters. “Victor is from a position where we have many solutions.
“We have Hazard, Willian, Salah and Schürrle. Victor’s best position is from the sides, but he is English and at this moment we have one foreign player who has to leave.
“So, until the end of the month, we have to make that decision and Victor is involved in this process, and maybe stays or maybe leaves, but because he is home-grown he is something we have to analyse as well."
The Telegraph say Chelsea are desperate to offload Torres but have been unable to find a club willing to take on his sizeable £175,000-per-week pay packet. The Spaniard has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, despite Mourinho's insistence that he is happy with his strikers, including Torres.
Cech's future is in doubt following the return of Thibaut Courtois from his three-season loan spell in Spain, while Mikel and Van Ginkel face increased competition in midfield following the arrival of Fabregas and could be moved on - the latter could go out on loan.
It has also been claimed elsewhere that Atletico Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over forward Andre Schurrle.