Chelsea's forward department has already begun its inevitable and necessary summer transformation, with Jose Mourinho having secured the signing of Spanish international striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid last month and veteran Samuel Eto'o having quietly departed following the expiration of his one-year contract.
The makeover is highly unlikely to cease there, however, with significant doubts continuing to persist over the respective Stamford Bridge futures of Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba.
While transfer speculation with regards to Torres and Lukaku has been circulating frequently for months now, Ba - aside from the briefest of flirtations with Turkish outfit Besiktas - only recently appears to have generated significant interest with Everton said to be eager to agree a loan deal for the 29-year-old.
Indeed, while the Merseyside club do not yet appear to have totally given up on their admittedly faint hopes of signing Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis, speculation has suggested that they are nevertheless keen to take Ba temporarily but fear that an inability to match his £80,000-per-week wages could prove an impossible barrier to the completion of any deal.
Everton loan could be beneficial
In my view, Chelsea and Mourinho - providing there are no serious and wealthy suitors for a permanent transfer - should allow the Senegalese international to move to Goodison Park, even if it requires them to pay a proportion of his wages for the duration of next season.
Quite simply, with more attacking reinforcements surely on the way in West London, Chelsea have no real need for him at present and the impact of his departure would be minimal in the short-term.
At 29, Ba needs to be playing regular football at this stage of his career and he simply isn't going to get that under Mourinho.
While I'm sure many Chelsea fans and indeed the 'Special One' himself would prefer to remove Rafael Benitez's signing from the equation entirely, a loan move of this nature adds somewhat of an insurance policy.
Could he return a better player?
If - and I appreciate this is highly unlikely - the likes of Costa fail to live up to their inflated price tags and follow the likes of Mateja Kezman and Andriy Shevchenko as expensive players who have failed to adapt to the pace at Chelsea, Mourinho will at least then have the option of reintegrating into his squad a player that, while not deserving of a particularly lofty billing, is a useful squad option and has a fairly impressive track record at Premier League level.
One only has to look at Lukaku's form at Everton last season to appreciate the benefits of moving to a team managed by the approachable, talkative and affable Roberto Martinez.
The powerful Belgian must surely have been disillusioned by the signing of Eto'o and Mourinho's subsequent decision to allow him to depart on loan once again last summer, but Martinez obviously succeeded in re-focusing his attentions.
Who knows, perhaps even Ba - another perennially undervalued and underrated figure - may discover a new lease of life at Everton and return to Chelsea revitalised and ready to instantly compete for a starting berth?
If Chelsea can find a permanent transfer for Ba at a competitive price, then it would not be a surprise to see him depart.
However, if not, a loan move to Everton could have several benefits for all parties.
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