5 Chelsea Players Who Will Be Gone by January as Mourinho Looks Elsewhere
While much of the talk surrounding Chelsea's transfer activity has centred on some big money names coming into the club, it is the potential outgoing stars that have generated the most interest.
It is generally agreed that Chelsea would have to be nuts to offload the likes of Juan Mata and David Luiz, and Jose Mourinho has said that he wants to work with the squad before he makes any decisions. However, there are a few players whom it seems, barring a dramatic improvement in form, are likely to be leaving West London in the January window, if not before.
Mourinho's first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge ended abruptly under the shadow of Andriy Shevchenko. The Ukrainian had been brought in for £30 million but despite this valuation and his excellent reputation, he failed to really live up to expectations.
Fernando Torres has suffered a similar fate since his £50 million move in January 2011. He seemed to find himself again under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez, but you can bet that one more instance of failing to have a single shot at goal will send him straight to the top of Mourinho's "out" list come January.
Marko Marin joined Chelsea in summer 2012. His profile was only marginally lower than that of fellow newcomer Eden Hazard, and he impressed on the preseason tour of the USA.
However, an injury sustained on that tour saw him miss the opening matches of the season proper and by the time he was fit again, Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar had established their "Three Amigos" partnership. He struggled to get any playing time, and rusty performances when the chances came did not help his cause.
The arrival of Andre Schurrle has led to Marin being sent on loan to Sevilla. If Schurrle and Marko Van Ginkel are successful, that loan move for Marin could become permanent sooner rather than later.
He scored twice on his debut in the FA Cup tie with Southampton and saw Chelsea through to the semifinals with a superb finish against Manchester United. However, having played for Newcastle United in the Europa League earlier in the season, Ba was ineligible for the only trophy that the Blues won.
Despite putting in some good performances, it appears that Ba was a panic buy in the January sales to provide cover until another striker could be found. If he does not move on this summer, you can almost guarantee he will leave in January.
However, Chelsea are overloaded with attacking midfield options, and with Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard able to play out wide as well as through the middle, Moses could find his chances limited under Mourinho.
John Obi Mikel
Defensive midfielder Mikel has come a long way since Mourinho brought him to the club amid a storm of controversy back in 2006. His positioning is much better, and he is far less prone to joining attacks than his fellow defensive midfielders.
However, it has become clear that the potential that Mourinho saw initially has not been fulfilled. In 2012-13 he made fewer tackles and committed more fouls on average than Oscar, who was deployed as an attacking midfielder.