Breaking Down the Odds on Latest Chelsea Transfer Rumours

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Breaking Down the Odds on Latest Chelsea Transfer Rumours
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So many names. So many rumors. So many odds.

Why it's enough to make a girl dizzy, Bubba. Really dizzy.

But luckily for you lot, I have been appointed by none other than Her Majesty the Queen herself to try to make some sense for you on who may and who may not end up wearing a royal blue kit at Stamford Bridge later this summer for Chelsea.

And with manager José Mourinho having flown into West London on his magic carpet and already started the rebuilding with the confirmation of a deal to sign winger André Schürrle from Bayer Leverkusen last week, "The Special One's" work for the Blues has officially begun.

It's safe to say several members of the current Europa League champions roster will be headed out the door with as many, if not more, new players coming to SW6 in an effort to return the team to the stellar form it enjoyed from 2004 to 2007, when the 50-year-old Portuguese legend was last Chelsea's manager.

And seeing as how English Premier League play starts exactly two months from today, on Saturday, August 17, then the number of deals we can expect to see over the next 10 weeks should be mind-boggling and possibly even set a new league summer transfer period spending record.

So here are 26 select players I have chosen to examine who have—at some point or another—been rumored as either Blues targets or players said to be leaving (with the exception of Michael Essien, who was loaned out to Real Madrid last season). I have divided them by these distinctions.

There are several others, including Kaká (16-1, Sky Bet), Kevin Prince-Boateng (5-2) and Hatem Ben Arfa (20-1), who have also been the subjects of rumors, but this started out as a 10-player slideshow and grew to 20 before bulging to its current 26.

So I figured it was best to stop there before J.K. Rowling gives me a telephone call and tells me my stuff's too long.

 

Writer's note: The actual Sky Bet odds (to sign before Sept. 1) in the slideshow were current as of June 16 and are obviously subject to change. If you read this story from its publishing date (June 17) on, please be aware the odds in the link will possibly and probably have changed due to the nature of gambling and potential bets made on (or against in theory) these specific listed players. If players end up staying with their current clubs, then the bets lose.

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