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Players Chelsea need to let go of in the summer

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Chelsea need to trim their squad during the summer in order to make room for new arrivals as well as younger players. 

Antonio Conte is set to take charge of the Blues after Euro 2016, and he is already plotting several possible transfers. 

The Italian disciplinarian will be handed the tricky task of getting the west London club back to the summit of the Premier League after the club suffered a dismal campaign.

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The majority of players that were present in the squad during Chelsea's title winning season in 2015 remained with the club this season. However, many of them have failed to replicate their performances.

Few players, such as Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and John Obi Mikel have been able to regain their best form after the appointment of Guus Hiddink, but it was all too little too late in terms of pushing for a European place next season.

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Willian has performed well for large parts of the season and has been the only player to have performed well on a consistent basis. 

There are, however, a few players that have either seen a slump in form, been mediocre or have simply not been a good fit at the club. 

Here are just a few players that Chelsea should look to offload this summer.

Oscar

The Brazilian arrived at Stamford Bridge during the same time as Eden Hazard, right after Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. 

Ever since arriving, Oscar has had moments of brilliance but has lacked the consistency to earn himself a place in Conte's squad.

Many Chelsea fans would remember his spectacular goal in the group stages of the 2012/2013 Champions League against Juventus after turning Andrea Pirlo. Despite showing such promise, the 24-year-old has never been able to cement his place in the main team. 

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During Jose Mourinho's second installment as Chelsea manager, the Portuguese tactician preferred Oscar to two-time Chelsea player of the year Juan Mata in the attacking midfield role. 

However, Oscar failed to perform at a high level on a regular basis, allowing players such as Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Eden Hazard and even Mata to become more prominent players for the Blues. 

After Guus Hiddink's arrival, Oscar has slipped down the pecking order, with the Dutchman deploying Fabregas, Pedro, Willan, Hazard and Mikel in midfield. The Brazilian has mostly been used as a substitute.

With Conte set to take over at the club, Oscar's chances of making the first team are only going to get slimmer.

The midfielder has, however, been linked with Juventus. If Oscar decides to leave in the summer, the deal could favor both Chelsea and Oscar. 

Radamel Falcao

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No-one has experienced a dip in form like Falcao. The Colombian hitman has gone from being arguably the best striker in the world to being a bench-warmer. He has essentially been non-existent for the Blues this season. 

The 30-year-old was a lethal striker during his Porto days and reached his prime at Atletico Madrid. During that time, he scored a hat-trick in the 2012 European Super Cup against current club and then Champions League winner, Chelsea. 

The fast and physical nature of the Premier League has clearly not suited the Colombian.

Injuries continuously plagued him during his two years in the Premier League, restricting him to a combined 36 appearances for both Manchester United and Chelsea, in which he managed to score just five goals. 

According to the Sun, Roma have been inquiring about Falcao which could provide the Colombian with an escape route. A move to the Serie A could breathe new life into the striker.

Loic Remy

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Remy joined the Blues from Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2014, after spending a season long loan at Newcastle United, bagging 14 goals in 26 games. 

During the 2014/2015 season, the French international mostly came on as a substitute for the Blues, scoring a few important goals in the process. But to be honest, the 29-year-old never truly had a meaningful chance of becoming the primary striker for the Blues. 

He was jostling for game time with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba during his first season and has been injured for long periods during the current season, with Falcao and Alexandre Pato waiting in the wings.

With Conte scouting potential strikers to pair up with Diego Costa next season, Remy's chances are going to be few and far between. 

Nemanja Matic

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Matic was one of Chelsea's best players last season, even appearing in the Premier League Team of the Year. 

However, just like several other Chelsea players, the Serbian midfielder has experienced a slump in form this season. His woes were deepened further after Hiddink opted to play Mikel alongside Fabregas, which rejuvenated the team to a certain extent. 

The 27-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best defensive midfielders in the game, but his opportunities at Chelsea might be limited in the future, especially with the appointment of Conte. 

There has been strong interest from Juventus in recent weeks and they might be closer than ever to bringing the midfielder to Turin, reports the Daily Star.

Branislav Ivanovic

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Similar to Matic, fellow Serbian Ivanovic has had a rather forgettable season, also having made the Premier League Team of the Year last season. 

The Chelsea vice-captain has been one of the best defenders in the league ever since he joined in 2008, being able to play in both central defense and at right-back. 

However, his lack of pace was severely exposed during the current campaign and wide players continually used that fact to their advantage, forcing Cesar Azpillicueta to occasionally slot in at right-back. 

With the defender closing in on 33 years of age, he might not be the ideal choice at right back.

At centre-back, the likes of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma, as well as transfer targets such as Leonardo Bonucci, Kostas Manolas, and others would surely be ahead of him in contention, which might indicate that his time at the Bridge could be coming to a halt. 

Couple of other players who could be worth mentioning are John Obi Mikel and Pedro. 

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The Nigerian has been at the club since 2006, and despite never really establishing himself as a first team player, he has served the club well and continues to do so. In recent years, he has grown in stature and could continue to be a great squad player for Chelsea. 

Pedro has had a relatively disappointing first season for the Blues, given his exceptional record and ability. However, he has flourished to a certain extent under Hiddink which could persuade the club as well as Conte to keep him at the Bridge next season. 

As new players come into the team, there will be a need to trim the squad. That would also allow promising young players such as Kenedy, Bertrand Traore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make more appearances for the club. 

Conte's appointment as Chelsea manager will likely usher in a new era at the club, especially after the club's worst season under Roman Abramovich. Several changes are expected to be made, personnel changes being of top priority. 

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