Chelsea are ready to bow to manager Jose Mourinho's wishes and clear out a number of first team squad members this summer so as to raise cash for further additions in the summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Express, Mourinho has earmarked five players to be moved on this summer once the World Cup in Brazil in completed and the Stamford Bridge club believe they can raise as much as £75million from the sale of the quintet.
Most prominent of these names is centre-forward Fernando Torres, who has failed to find his top form since his £50million switch from Liverpool in 2011 and was far from being first choice for the Blues' Portuguese manager in a trophyless campaign last season.
Chelsea are in a state of rebuilding and have had to take into consideration Financial Fair Play regulations when planning their moves in the transfer market so as to keep the books balanced in line with UEFA's new rules - Manchester City and PSG both received hefty fines and Champions League squad restrictions after coming a cropper of Platini's plan.
Diego Costa has confirmed he will be joining Chelsea in a £32million deal after the his involvement in the World Cup in Brazil, which should not bee too long now as defending champions Spain were knocked out after only two games following a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Holland and last night's 2-0 defeat to Chile.
Financial restraints are already starting to tell on a number of transfer decisions as the west Londoners as veterans and, most crucially, high earners Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have already been told they will not get new contracts.
Funds will need to be raised if Mourinho is to further build a squad to avoid a second consecutive season without any silverware, which would leave serious doubts about his own positions.
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