Chelsea will sign a number of players this summer, so who could make way for the new faces?
If the ongoing rumours are to be believed, Chelsea are going to sign a number of new players this summer, with Atletico Madrid seemingly their shopping outlet of choice. But what about those players who will be heading out of Stamford Bridge?
Here we look at four players who could be on their way this summer:
For now Diego Costa remains an Atletico player, but the suggestion is it is only a matter of time before he moves to Chelsea. But whatever the future holds for the Spanish international, there is absolutely no doubt Chelsea will considerably strengthen their front-line this summer, with the possibility that at least two new front-men will arrive.
That could be Costa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as is being reported. Or Chelsea could make a bid for one of their long-term targets Edinson Cavani or Hulk. Either way, Ba is surely on his way out of the Blues, with Fernando Torres the striker most likely to remain as back-up.
This move would not be a popular one among the Chelsea faithful, and yet it may be accepted by those same fans as a necessity. After all, the likely return of Thibaut Courtois means Jose Mourinho will have two outstanding goalkeepers and only one goal for them to keep.
The Belgian international is simply too good to ignore any longer, and Chelsea could well give him his first-team chance after a prolonged and hugely succesful loan stint in La Liga. And even if Mourinho wants to keep Cech, the older stopper may decide he has plenty of years left as an undisputed number one.
John Obi Mikel
Mikel shone for Nigeria at this summer’s World Cup, but he has a far less important role at Stamford Bridge. He was still given a fair amount of game-time under Mourinho, but the likely arrival of Tiago and the return from injury of Marco van Ginkel could limit his game-time even further.
An impressive showing in Brazil could prompt a bid or two from potential suitors, and with an extremely strong midfield at his disposal, Mourinho may decide the time is right for Mikel to move on.
The striker Chelsea were calling out for was there all along, only he was doing it for West Bromwich Albion and latterly Everton. And yet just when many were tipping Romelu Lukaku to finally make his breakthrough in London next season he had a World Cup to forget, leading some to wonder if Mourinho was right in the first place.
In truth the Belgian international is phenomenal at Premier League level, but with new strikers set to arrive this summer, he could finally be set for a permanent move rather than a loan one.