Stamford Bridge side ready to significantly trim their squad.
Chelsea are ready to conduct a significant summer clear-out as Roman Abramovich looks to trim his squad ahead of potential summer additions.
The West London side have one eye on UEFA’s strict financial fair play (FFP) guidelines and another on improving their current squad, so clearly the only course of action is to make significant cuts to the size of the current playing staff.
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The Daily Mail believe as many as nine first team squad players could be sacrificed this summer as the Blues look to recover from what has been something of a disastrous season.
Fernando Torres lead the list of players who could help bring in a decent sum should Chelsea find an interested buyer. Abramovich has apparently ran out of patience for a player who he shelled out £50m for and a player that effectively cost Roberto Di Matteo his job.
Some believe that the decision to axe the Italian was due in no small part to his being dropped for Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.
The Stamford Bridge side will take a loss on any sale, quite how much is hard to say but Chelsea would probably be happy to receive anywhere near half what they paid. The 28 year old striker has hit yet another patch of poor form, having now gone 11 Premier League matches without a goal.
Frank Lampard will apparently not be handed a new contract, a way of Chelsea cutting costs, and a ready made replacement may well be high up on Chelsea’s summer sigh-list.
Though the 34 year old has been one of the few brights spots in an otherwise poor season Chelsea are unwilling to fork out huge sums to meet the veteran’s salary and will opt instead to allow the England man to leave.
Lampard is on the verge of breaking the club’s goalscoring record.
Paulo Ferriera will not be offered a new contract when his current deal comes to an end this summer, the Portuguese full-back has been at the club since 2004 but is little more than a back-up in extreme circumstances, last Premier League start came last May and only because the club was resting players ahead of Cup Finals.