Transfer Talk

Who will come and go in Chelsea’s summer clear-out?

Chairman Peter Buck plans departures and up to five new arrivals

Bruce Buck

Roman Abramovich’s wallet doesn’t open quite as often as it used to, but that won’t stop Chelsea playing a major role in the transfer market in the summer. Blues chairman Bruce Buck has today said the club will sign up to five new players for 2009/10, preferably using “internally generated cash”. Said cash will be generated by offloading some of their current stars:

We haven’t properly got together to talk about summer transfers yet, but I think that we could expect that several players will leave and that several players will come in.”"I don’t know whether that is three, four or five, but something in that kind of neighbourhood, so we can expect a handful to leave.

With Buck’s comments in mind, The Spoiler has compiled a list of the five players we expect Chelsea to part with, and five fresh faces that could soon call Stamford Bridge home…


Florent Malouda
Most Chelsea fans hate the Frenchman, and he has said he will move if he doesn’t regain his place. He has also expressed an interest in joining Juventus.

Branislav Ivanovic
The defender has made just six league starts in almost fourteen months and the emergence of Michael Mancienne means Chelsea have four other centre-backs to choose from.

Michael Ballack
The German is out of contract in the summer and could struggle to get in the team soon with Michael Essien returning and Frank Lampard looking undroppable. He turns 33 in September.

After a promising start, Deco has been a massive disappointment. It’s perhaps unlikely that Chelsea would risk losing both Deco and Ballack, so the fact the German is easier to axe could prove the Portuguese’s saving grace.

Didier Drogba
The arrival of Guus Hiddink may rejuvenate Drogba, who has scored only one league goal since March 23 2008, but if he fails to deliver again Chelsea may shift him off to be with former lover Jose Mourinho. The Ivorian turns 31 next week.


David Villa
Villa’s record of nineteen goals in 23 league games this season is incredible and accounts for over 42 per cent of Valencia’s total this season. The Spaniard may prefer Real Madrid or Liverpool, but Chelsea would be foolish not to try signing him.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Miroslav Stoch is likely to get more chances next season but Chelsea are still short on the wings, especially if Malouda leaves. The Russian left-winger has spoken of his interest in joining the Blues in the past and was apparently scouted at the same time Chelsea were keeping tabs on Ivanovic.

Alan Dzagoev
If Chelsea sell both Ballack and Deco, Dzagoev could provide back-up for Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and John Obi-Mikel in the middle. Hiddink made the 18-year-old Russia’s youngest ever outfield player and is expected to aid the recruitment process.

Yuri Zhirkov
Chelsea have been linked with the left-sided Russian for a while now so an offer could be lodged in the summer. As well as offering Chelsea another wide option, Zhirkov can play at left-back so could fill the void left by Wayne Bridge’s departure.

Claudio Pizarro
The decision to loan Pizarro to Werder Bremen has left Chelsea lacking back-up strikers. The Peruvian has scored eleven goals in fifteen league games this season and scored twice to knock favourites AC Milan out of the UEFA Cup. Keeping him in reserve next season is a cheap option that may be considered.

5 responses so far
  • Scott // March 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Me likey.

  • kjf // March 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm


  • f1sh // March 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Gourcuff is overrated, didn’t get a sniff in Milan side, Bordeaux is as good as its gonna get for him

  • j // March 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm


  • Luis // March 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Personally I would fancy the fact that Chelsea stopped going to the Striker Outlet store every transfer window and started to get some real talent in the midfield (all ofense intended to Barbie Lampard) in the form of some Maxi Rodriguez or Diego Macho Protein form.

    It would be nice to grow a pair every once in a while, blue Londoners

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