There could be mass overhaul at Chelsea as, according to the latest transfer news, long-standing goalkeeper will make way for Atletico Madrid man.
According to the Daily Star, Ashley Cole is not the only veteran player who will be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door as Frank Lampard, too, will need to find a new club as his current deal is one month away from expiration and negotiations with the upper brass have reached an impasse.
The alleged reason why Lampard will not receive an extension to his contract, akin to the one year addition 33-year-old John Terry recently received, is that Roman Abramovich wants to revitalise a squad advancing in age - and 35-year-old Lampard, who has been a mainstay in West London for 13 years, will now have to assess reported offers from LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Queens Park Rangers.
The Starsport exclusive states that Abramovich "vetoed a one year deal for Lampard" as he has instructed manager Jose Mourinho "to build a much younger Chelsea team".
Lampard is not the only established first-teamer who may not be around at the club in the 2014-15 season as, in the Daily Star again, Petr Cech is rumoured to be made way for the younger goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has excelled during a lengthy spell on loan at Atletico Madrid.
Cech, 32, is currently rehabilitating from a shoulder injury but is ten years the senior of Courtois, who is hotly tipped to be the future of the Blues.
Are the reasons for the two potential outbound transfers due to the same reason - age? And, if so, who else amongst the Chelsea roster should be wary about being replaced?
Mark Schwarzer is the oldest of course, aged 41, while Branislav Ivanovic is 31.
Early last season, Cech was linked with a move to Barcelona to replace Victor Valdes, however, Marc-Andre ter Stegen now has that honour.