Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres Transfer Tipped to Lead Amazing Chelsea Exodus

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, reacts after missing a chance on goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres and David Luiz are three of the biggest stars who face the possibility of leaving Chelsea this summer, according to reports.

As noted by John Cross of the Mirror, the costly trio could be shifted to allow Jose Mourinho an opportunity at building a less costly, younger side in his own image:

Jose Mourinho will sell David Luiz this summer to help fund a big-money overhaul of Chelsea’s squad.

The Blues also face a battle to keep Eden Hazard with Paris Saint-Germain hoping to seize on the Belgian star’s frustrations at Stamford Bridge.

[...] Fernando Torres is a target for Inter Milan, Demba Ba wants out and Samuel Eto’o is also keen to go after Mourinho’s jibe about his age.

Cross believes Chelsea's recent Champions League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid "is the signal for a major shake-up" at Stamford Bridge. Although the potential departure of Hazard is likely to be met with an angry reaction by many, Cross' suggestion that Diego Costa "would be the biggest" Chelsea signing of the summer is sure to help make up for this.

Costa could cost in the region of £50 million, despite Rob Beasley of the Sun (subscription required) suggesting he has already agreed to join Chelsea for £32 million, the sum of his release clause.

Hazard's future may be called into question after the Belgian international questioned Mourinho's tactics during the aftermath of Wednesday's European tie, a fixture Costa scored the winner in. Speaking to French television station Canal Plus, Hazard suggested, "Chelsea aren't set up to play football" (via Sky Sports).

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea jumps for the ball as Emmanuel Eboue (L) and Aurelien Chedjou of Galatasaray look on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Chelsea and Galatasaray AS at Stamford Bridge on
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He spoke in reference to the side's cautious approach, which saw Mourinho deploy six natural defenders against a well-balanced Atletico side. Hazard has been forced into fulfilling defensive duties this season, and while he appears committed on the pitch, he may be growing frustrated with Mourinho's wary approach.

Arguably Chelsea's greatest performance of the year came during the 1-0 away win over Manchester City on Feb. 3. Hazard played a massive role in patrolling along the entire flank, offering his defence support while also leading counter-attacking breaks. His comments indicate this responsibility is beginning to frustrate.

He could play on the left of Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation at Paris Saint-Germain, especially considering Edinson Cavani is rumoured to be drawing the interest of Manchester United, per the Metro.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: David Luiz of Chelsea clears the ball to avoid a corner during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo
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Alongside Hazard, Cross believes Luiz could drum up around £30 million for Mourinho's cause. He suggests Bayern Munich would be willing to spend such a fee on the centre-back who can also play in central midfield, once again a possibility considering Toni Kroos may be on his way to United, per Matt Lawton and Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.

Luiz has made just 22 starts and four substitute appearances across the Premier League and Europe this season, per WhoScored.com, and he has failed to receive Mourinho's full faith, .

Less surprising is the potential transfer of Torres, which feels like it has been on the cards since he arrived at Chelsea in 2011. The Spaniard has never hit his full stride in west London and remains a well-documented footballing enigma due to such a dramatic loss of form.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/
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Atletico are thought to be in with a chance of signing their former striker, while Wayne Veysey of Goal.com indicates Torres "is believed to have been offered, via third parties, to a number of clubs around Europe."

Cross believes money raised from sales could see Chelsea pursue impressive Everton youngsters John Stones and Ross Barkley, as well as Tottenham's Paulinho. Didier Drogba could also return on a free as the club continues to act with UEFA's financial fair play rules in mind.

All the signs point toward a busy summer for Chelsea. Mourinho has built a side with a hard-working, energetic style of play this season without changing the previous squad too much. Should he raise the necessary funds, the Portuguese boss will receive the opportunity to land players he believes will positively impact the cause.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Everton player Ross Barkley (r) challenges Wayne Routledge of Swansea during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on February 16, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Stu Forst
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Dropped points against clubs such as Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace look set to cost Chelsea this season's Premier League title. Even so, alongside the European semi-final exit, plenty of evidence suggests Mourinho isn't too far from building a winning team.


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