Who will come and go in Chelsea’s summer clear-out?
Chairman Peter Buck plans departures and up to five new arrivals
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.