Mourinho hints at Chelsea sales - but who should go?

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The Blues boss could yet see players leave Stamford Bridge this transfer window.

Jose Mourinho's latest comments might suggest that Chelsea are ready to move some players on this August.

While the 'Special One' is delighted with his club's signings this summer, he does admit that the team must come before the needs of individual players.

Some, as he says, deserve football - but might not necessarily be able to attain it at Stamford Bridge.

"We have to think about the players and they deserve respect but football is about the club first," he told reporters on Friday. "After that comes the team, after that the players and after that the managers. I am the last one.

"We cannot put the players in front of the team and in front of the club, it must always be the other way and so with every decision, the first thing we think is about the club and the team."

So, if anyone is to leave west London this August - who will it be?

Petr Cech

Mourinho believes the 32-year-old shot stopper is not happy with his current situation on the club's bench and, of the potential candidates, Cech would be the most high-profile but most straightforward departee.

After 10 years of loyal service at Stamford Bridge, the Czech could be considered too good not to be a first-team starter every game. As such, moving him on to another side and, perhaps preferably another league, would make perfect sense.

Marco van Ginkel

The Blues would love to keep the 21-year-old at the club but his agent's most recent comments suggest the Netherlands midfielder is looking for regular football.

That may mean a loan move - but, if Chelsea don't offer enough commitments up front, Van Ginkel's head may be turned by the prospect of a permanent sale.

John Obi Mikel

One of Nigeria's best players is often one of Chelsea's most underwhelming - and fans have often called for the sale of this defensive midfielder.

Mikel's bond with boss Mourinho, however, may limit his chances of a move away, while he came on for the Blues against Burnley on Monday, something many others didn't manage.

Fernando Torres

A £50 million burden ever since he moved to Stamford Bridge, Torres would probably be as relieved as anyone should his time at Chelsea come to an end. And the club are reportedly seeking a way to move the Spaniard on in a swap deal in return for Roma's Mattia Destro.

However, Destro's agent has denied any talk of a potential swap and Torres may try his utmost to force a west London stay, considering his wages and chances of silverware with the club.

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