Chelsea morning news: Two midfielders could be sold, ex-Blues star took pay-cut?

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Chelsea are open to selling midfielders John Obi Mikel and Ramires this summer, according to a report.

The London Evening Standard claims that Blues still retain hopes of signing France international Paul Pogba from Juventus, and are ready to sell their fringe players in order to raise the cash if needed.

Mikel has been at Stamford Bridge since 2006, while Ramires, also 27 years of age, joined the Blues from Benfica in August 2010.

‘Chelsea are also prepared to listen to offers for John Obi Mikel and Ramires’, states the report in the newspaper.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Star, Ashley Cole has taken a pay-cut to join Italian club Roma.

The former England international has signed a two-year contract with the Serie A outfit with an option for a third, and will be paid just under £40,000 a week after tax; he was reportedly on £100,000 a week at Chelsea, whom he left at the end of last season.

Two of the Chelsea stars will be in action at the ongoing 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, as Oscar and Willian will be determined to take Brazil past Germany and into the final.

While Oscar has had a rather quiet tournament so far, Willian is likely to be drafted into the line-up in place of Neymar, who has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to injury.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has now urged both the players to step up their game against Germany.

‘He (Oscar) is a complete footballer and is tenacious with and without the ball’, the 47-year-old wrote in the Daily Mail. ‘If he plays through the middle, expect him to be buzzing all over Bastian Schweinsteiger.

‘His Chelsea teammate Willian could also be involved and whether he plays out wide or through the middle, he will add some serious mileage to this team because he is a real worker’.

Also speaking ahead of the big game tonight was David Luiz, who left Chelsea to join Paris Saint-Germain before the World Cup.

‘We know we cannot fail’, the Daily Star quotes the Brazil international as saying. ‘We have the whole nation behind us, supporting us, driving us on, they are creating an incredible atmosphere in every game for us to win. We feel like we cannot lose with them with us’.

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