Chelsea could be set to lose both John Terry and David Luiz this summer, according to reports. Fernando Torres has also told a Spanish newspaper that he may yet see his contract out at Stamford Bridge amid rumours the Spaniard may be on his way out.
The former’s contract is up at the end of the campaign, meaning that the Chelsea skipper could walk away for free this summer. Luiz has also been linked with a move away from the club after he’s struggled to nail down a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Manchester City should make a move for the Chelsea captain when his contract expires, per Mail Online.
City had a bid rejected for the Chelsea skipper back in 2009, per BBC Sport. Five years on, Redknapp believes he is still capable of doing a job for Manuel Pellegrini’s side:
I wonder if Manchester City would consider a daring raid. If they could pull it off, they get to weaken one of their rivals and they end up with Terry and Vincent Kompany in a mighty partnership.
It would take a minimum two-year contract to drag Terry from Stamford Bridge, where you can imagine he would ideally like to finish his career as a one-club player. I can’t see him leaving, but I can see City — who have tried to sign him before — enjoying the mischief.
After falling out of favour under Rafa Benitez during the 2012-13 season, Terry has enjoyed something of a renaissance under Mourinho, starring at the heart of the Chelsea defense throughout the campaign.
The prospect of Terry donning the sky blue of Manchester City is something Chelsea fans seem to think is rather unlikely:
Jamie Redknapp think John Terry will end up at Man City next season. Fortunately, Redknapp knows as much about football as my kitchen table.— Sean (@TalkOfTheBridge) April 20, 2014
In truth, it’s difficult to see a man who lives and breathes Chelsea walk out on the club for an immediate rival. Chelsea assistant boss Steve Holland also insisted that Terry is close to agreeing a new deal, per Sky Sports, and Terry looks likely to remain a vital part of Mourinho's plans for another season at least.
One player who may be on his way out of the club is Luiz. Terry and Gary Cahill have been immovable at the centre of the Chelsea defence, meaning the Brazilian international has had to make do with spells on the bench or in a midfield role.
According to Ed Malyon in The Mirror, Barcelona are interested in bringing Luiz to the Camp Nou for a reported fee of £25 million. Malyon suggests that the Catalan giants are confident of being able to sign players this summer despite an imposed year-long transfer embargo, and they think Luiz is the man to bolster their back line.
In many respects, Luiz is the perfect centre-back for La Blaugrana. He is composed on the ball and capable of starting attacks from deep with his marauding style.
With legendary defender Carles Puyol set to leave the club in the summer, per BBC Sport, Barcelona will certainly be looking for a long-term replacement. Given Luiz’s lack of playing time at Chelsea, it’s a move that looks likely to suit all parties concerned.
Expect this one to rumble on and on throughout the summer, provided Barca’s appeal against their transfer ban is a success, of course.
Shifting our focus from defence to attack, Chelsea's record signing, Torres, has told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that he could yet see his contract out at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Spanish forward insists his relationship with Mourinho is good, and he's not thinking about his future just yet. Per El Mundo Deportivo (h/t Harry Sherlock of Goal.com):
At this point I only think about the next game and I prefer to go game by game. A month can be very long.
We have five games left, six if God wants, so I concentrate on that. But I have two years on my contract and that is the future.
Torres is 30 years old now. At this juncture, surely a move away from Stamford Bridge is the best course of action for him? Chelsea look set to bolster their forward line this summer with the acquisition of some top quality forward players, per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com, and that would only push Torres further down the pecking order.
A reunion with Atletico Madrid would get the romantics purring, but if Torres can get a move to a top-tier club anywhere on the continent, then it's an opportunity he shouldn't turn down. A fresh start is exactly what he needs to get his career back on track.