Five players who should leave Chelsea this week

Who could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge before the deadline slams shut on Friday?

So there is just one week to go until the Transfer Window slams shut - and finally we are seeing some action.

Manchester United and Chelsea have made their big moves in the past couple of days - but with seven days left on the ‘Transfer Clock’ the big boys also have plenty of players who might be considering their positions.

So which players should be seeking a move away from Chelsea in January?

Kevin De Bruyne has been sent on his way, while the likes of Kenneth Omeruo, Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran have also exited the club on loan.

So who could follow them, and Juan Mata, out of the exit door?

Michael Essien

Mourinho recently stated he did not want to see Essien leave the club this winter - however he will not stand in his way should the Ghanaian want to leave.

That he reportedly does.

He looks set to join AC Milan - and in a World Cup year it is a sensible choice.

John Obi Mikel

The recent arrival of Nemanja Matic and the continued use of David Luiz as a central midfielder has forced Mikel into a bit-part role for the rest of the season.

Another with a World Cup to consider - that summer interest from Galatasaray might just look tempting right now.

Demba Ba

The Senegalese striker is down the pecking order in the striking department - and is surely not happy about that fact.

A return to West Ham would be great for the player and club - and Chelsea could even consider letting him go permanently rather than on loan.

If they have another striker lined up to come in.

Gael Kakuta

The Frenchman had a topsy-turvy time at Vitesse Arnhem for most of the season and now the time has surely come to cut him loose.

He has rarely looked like living up to his potential - and a permanent transfer seems likely.

Nathan Ake

The Dutch youngster made strides toward the first-team under Rafa Benitez - but is certainly not doing the same under Mourinho.

The teenager, who is a massive prospect for the future, must be considering a loan deal for the rest of the season.

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