Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda have been cited as two of five players likely heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer, according to a report on Goal.com.
The sales are thought to be intended to go some way to recouping some of the massive £75m spent to bring Fernando Torres and David Luiz to the club in January.
Jon Obi Mikel, Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov are the other three being mooted for possible departures.
A Chelsea source said: “There are a few big names and big earners whose performances have fallen short this season. If things don’t improve there will be some notable casualties in the summer.
“The competition for places will be keener now and that should be a great motivation for everyone.”
Anelka wary of future.
Nicolas Anelka believes his days at Stamford Bridge are now numbered following the arrival of Fernando Torres, according to The First Post.
The Frenchman has reportedly “been impressed by overtures made by the [New York] Red Bulls” of MLS fame, and the move could reunite Anelka with compatriot and former team-mate at Arsenal Thierry Henry.
He was offered to Liverpool as a part of the Torres transfer, but the Reds evidently declined the chance to bring their former striker back to Anfield. Former Aston Villa hitman Juan Pablo Angel was released by the Red Bulls ahead of the new MLS season, freeing up one of three spaces available for players not affected by the MLS wage cap.
It is thought this spot could well go to Anelka in the summer. The 31-year-old spoke last month of his desire to end his career in the MLS, and it now appears his opportunity is about to arrive.
Torres won’t kiss the badge.
Record signing Fernando Torres has told reporters he will never kiss the Chelsea badge, according to The Sun.
The Spaniard, who cost the champions a reported £50m on transfer deadline day, said: “I never once kissed the Liverpool badge. Never. And I never kissed the Atletico Madrid badge, even though I was one of their biggest fans.
“Some players do it within five minutes of joining a new club. That’s their way. But it’s not mine. Football is different these days. Players come and go. That is why, for me, much of the romance has gone out of the game. All I want to do is my job. That means scoring goals and achieving all the targets the team has.”