Chelsea are concerned that four of their big-name stars will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with the club unlikely to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League campaign.
A fractured dressing room and uncertainty over who will replace interim manager Guus Hiddink in the summer may also convince the quartet to seek moves elsewhere at the end of the campaign.
This is according to The Sun - and you can see the four players who Chelsea have a fight on their hands to keep by scrolling down this page.
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The report states that Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Oscar could all be tempted to quit the Blues following a dreadful campaign.
Chelsea currently sit 14th in the Premier League table - 19 points behind league-leaders Arsenal and 14 behind fourth-placed Tottenham - and will almost certainly finish the season outside the top four.
“Yes, they’re tied into deals but those contracts won’t stop rivals moving in at the end of the season,” a source at Chelsea told The Sun.
“And they won’t stop our players considering their futures either. Contracts don’t count for a lot these days.”
Chances of the four players leaving Chelsea
So, which of the players could realistically leave Chelsea this summer?
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been strongly linked with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, respectively, recently but both Spanish clubs were hit with a transfer ban last week.
Unless those bans are overturned on appeal, Costa and Hazard will not be heading to Spain this summer.
Juventus have a long-standing interest in Oscar, who has flattered to deceive over the past couple of seasons. It wouldn’t be a major shock if the Brazilian left west London at the end of the season.
Thibaut Courtois, however, will not be moving anywhere. Chelsea will have no interest in selling a player with the potential to become the world’s best goalkeeper.
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