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The Stamford Bridge clear-out could consist of a number of athletes.
Michael Essien's representative hinted recently that the combative midfielder may exact a return to France, playmaker Juan Mata has a list of admirers, Demba Ba is increasingly rumoured to transfer to West Ham United and, today, Kevin de Bruyne's agent confirmed that the Belgium winger prefers a permanent solution rather than a loan move and that Wolfsburg, in the Bundesliga, is his desired destination.
Press Association have more as they quote Patrick de Koster (de Bruyne's rep) to have said: 'Another loan wouldn't be good for the player or the club. The player and his family would like to secure a permanent solution because he has been out on loan already twice.
'It's a World Cup year and for this reason he needs to play. Now in the next few hours or days, we will see if somebody finds an agreement with Chelsea. If there is an agreement I will speak with the player about what we will do.
'His preference is to go back to the Bundesliga. There have been discussions with Wolfsburg and other clubs.'
One potential stumbling block could be the disagreement on valuation. Transfermarkt.co.uk see the 22-year-old as a £15m player, not too far off what the Daily Mail speculate a forthcoming offer from Wolfsburg to be - £17m, however, both fall someway short of Chelsea's alleged asking price; £25m.
One player already out of the Stamford Bridge exit door is Bertrand Traore, albeit on a loan basis. Having only moved in when the transfer window reopened yesterday, Traore agreed a temporary stay at Vitesse Arnhem (who have had six Blues in their ranks already this season, but with Gael Kakuta and Sam Hutchinson returning) but, perhaps before the ink had even dried on the four-year contract, Traore joins the Eredivisie club for the remainder of their season.
Elsewhere, skipper John Terry has lauded Eden Hazard as world class. He told the club's official website: 'Eden has been different class for us. When we bought him we knew he was a world class player and he's proving that game after game. He's getting stronger and stronger, he's our top scorer at the moment as well so he's vitally important going forward - but he's working hard defensively as well so he's a great asset.'
And finally, goalkeeper Petr Cech is on the brink of emulating a club clean sheet record set by Peter Bonetti.
Cech returned another clean sheet against Southampton, his 208th in a Chelsea jersey, which equals Bonetti's total haul. When he breaks the record, the current number one pledged to buy his predecessor a drink.
Cech is quoted by Get West London to have said: 'I will invite him for a drink. I’m stealing his record so I think this is the right moment! Peter is a great guy. Every time we meet at the Bridge we have a few words. He is very humble, human and this is why he is a proper legend.'
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