Chelsea Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Be Leaving on Deadline Day
It's that time again. The excitement, the hope and the despair of the English football's transfer deadline day are just around the corner. The rumour mill has been kicked into overdrive and with things at Stamford Bridge running far from smoothly, Chelsea Football Club and its players are in the spotlight.
After 22 games, Chelsea sit in fourth position in the premier league, 13 points behind leader Manchester City.
Fourth position after half a season played means only one thing for Chelsea's players and manager—pressure. With Roman Abramovich and, more importantly, the fans, demanding more from their club, the time may have come for change. According to some sources, there are a few players on their way out of the London club.
But which rumours hold truth, and which are just newspaper fillers?
Here are five players that could leave in the next 24 hours.
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The Portuguese right full-back is understood to have refused a new contract with Chelsea and is now considering a move elsewhere. It is thought that Bosingwa may join Saint-Germain at the end of his current contract in the summer, but Chelsea could recoup some of the £16 million they paid for him in 2008 if they find a buyer for him in the current transfer window.
After teammate Alex joined the Paris Saint-Germain side for approximately £4 million, it is thought that the 29-year-old might be tempted to follow. He would be reunited with former Blues boss, Carlo Ancelotti, if he chose to do so.
Bosingwa has been a first team regular this season under Andre Villas-Boas, making 16 appearances, scoring one goal and providing two assists.
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Although Chelsea manager, Andres Villas-Boas, rates the Brazilian highly, David Luiz has been largely disappointing so far this season in defence.
A report in the Daily Mail suggests that Chelsea may be offered in the region of £15 million for the struggling defender—Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the player for that fee. There is also talk of a swap-deal involving Real Madrid's Pepe, although that deal is not thought to be offered until the summer.
Chelsea, however, may be reluctant to sell the 24-year-old after paying £24 million for the player only 12 months ago. He has shown some promise in his time at the club—his attacking flair being remarked upon on a number of occasions.
Luiz has 32 appearances so far this season, scoring three goals.
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The Ivorian has had a long and successful career at Chelsea since signing from Marseille in 2004, but at 33 years old there is a sense that his time at the club is coming to an end.
Shanghai Shenhua have confirmed that they have been in talks with Drogba, with reports suggesting that he could be offered a £300,000 per week contract to play in the Chinese Super League.
"At Didier's age, he has nothing left to prove as a player," said his agent, Thierno Seydi. "He will go where he is offered the most money. It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia,"
It is thought that contract-renewal talks between Drogba and Chelsea had been happening but that Chelsea could not match the wage demands of Drogba.
Drogba has made 17 appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring six goals.
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There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the £50 million man lately. After 12 months of under-performing, could Torres's time be up at Chelsea?
Paris Saint-Germain boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has claimed that Torres has been offered to a number of clubs in Europe—his being one of them.
"There is a lot of choice for this January market. Do you want the names?" Ancelotti said before mentioning Torres's name in a list of high-profile stars.
Although Chelsea have denied wanting to sell the player, it is thought that if they were to receive an offer allowing them to recoup enough of the £50 million they paid for him, they would go through with the deal.
Torres has appeared 43 times for The Blues this season, only managing to score five times.
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Salomon Kalou, currently playing for the Ivory Coast in the African Nations' Cup, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer market.
Arsenal are one of the clubs thought to be interested in the 26-year-old, although they have publicly denied an interest. Despite that, it has been reported that Kalou could be allowed to leave for around £3 million.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be particularly interested in the player, hoping to make Kalou the second addition to the Arsenal squad in January transfer window.
Kalou has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 57 goals for the club.