Chelsea striker Loic Remy could be on his way out of the club in order to get more regular playing time according to reports.
A host of Premier League clubs including Southampton and Swansea are believed to be in the race for the Frenchman's signature.
Remy joined Chelsea from QPR last year and while he failed to secure a regular starting spot he did come up with some vital goals towards the end of the campaign to help the Blues win the Premier League title.
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The 28-year-old bagged seven goals in 19 appearances for Jose Mourinho's side but managed just six starts in the league, and according to the Mirror he's now on the lookout for more regular first-team action.
Crystal Palace have also shown an interest in the former Marseille man, although it is unclear whether any of his suitors will be able to afford his £90,000-per-week wages. Swansea have cash to burn after selling leading goalscorer Wilfried Bony in the January window while still going on to clinch eighth place in the Premier League, while Southampton will also be looking to improve their squad after bagging seventh place.
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The doubts over Remy's future are likely to be a concern for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who is trying to assemble an attacking unit in time for his side's title defence for next season. Didier Drogba has left the club leaving the Special One with just Remy and Diego Costa as it stands.
Mourinho confirmed over the weekend that he is interested in signing Radamel Falcao, who is back at Monaco after his loan with Manchester United came to an end. He also admitted to needing more bodies in attack after his three forwards all struggled with injuries at various points throughout the campaign.
"We have to buy a striker because we want to have three strikers of a good level," Mourinho told the Sunday Times. "We do not want to have just one [transfer target]. Then you lose a good position on the negotiation table."
Mourinho knows he is in for a tough task this summer as he seeks more squad depth, but is looking to improve his side across the board.
"It will be difficult to find players to go straight into the team," he said. "Because it's not easy to find a better striker than Diego (Costa), a better keeper than (Thibaut) Courtois, a better midfield player than (Nemanja) Matic or (Cesc) Fabregas.
"This season is about improving the squad, bringing players to make us more consistent, so we don't go through difficult periods like last season when we had crucial injuries. We have to try and protect that situation by adding two or three players."
Jose Mourinho will not want to lose Remy in the summer. The Frenchman has the quality to lead the line for the Blues and offers valuable depth.
However the seemingly impending arrival of Falcao will cause the Frenchman some concern about how much time he will get on the pitch - but he is too good for the teams he is currently being linked with. That means, for the time being at least he may have to stay put and bite his tongue; at least his reward will likely be more winners medals to add to his collection.
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