Chelsea have confirmed that both Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao have left the club, along with reserve goalkeeper Marco Amelia.
The two strikers had a deal in place until June 30, and given that the club has opted not to agree on new terms, they will both leave Stamford Bridge after disappointing spells with the Premier League outfit.
In addition, Amelia’s short-term contract with the Blues has also expired, and the veteran shot-stopper will also leave the club this summer.
“Chelsea Football Club thanks the players for their contributions and wishes them success in the future,” a club statement on their official website noted.
With regards to Falcao, the Colombian international has returned to Monaco after failing to have the desired impact in west London, which followed on from an equally frustrating stint at Manchester United which was also disrupted by fitness woes.
Whether the former Atletico Madrid star is able to reach his previous levels remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a smart move from Chelsea to decide not to extend his stay and look elsewhere in the transfer market for attacking reinforcements.
The same can be said of Pato who arrived on loan from Corinthians in January, but was unable to have the desire impact at the club.
He will now likely return to Brazil with a view of trying to secure a return to Europe, but it remains to be seen whether or not he’s successful in doing so.
It promises to be a busy summer at Stamford Bridge with incoming boss Antonio Conte expected to make several changes to the squad ahead of his first year in charge in the Premier League.
With several individuals leaving, he’ll need to bolster his squad and that process is likely to be in full flow when his commitments at Euro 2016 come to an end this month.