Chelsea are set to undergo a huge rebuilding job this summer, with reports indicating that up to nine players could leave the club if the Blues do not qualify for next season's Champions League.
According to Tony Banks in the Express, Belgian superstar Eden Hazard is part of a group of four—along with Oscar, Nemanja Matic and Loic Remy—that is "almost certain to move on," while captain John Terry's expiring deal does not look like getting renewed.
Meanwhile, the report added that key striker Diego Costa wants a return to Spain, summer signing Pedro "could also go" and failed loanees Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato are not set to stay past the end of the season.
Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, effectively ending their chances of of qualifying for next season's tournament.
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe believes Chelsea's good recent league form could still see them qualify for Europe next season despite their disastrous first half of the 2014-15 campaign:
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But with 10 points to make up on the Premier League's top four with only nine games to go, it is surely set to be the Europa League or nothing for the west London outfit.
The fact Hazard may be headed for the exit door at Stamford Bridge is of little surprise. He has looked a shadow of the player he was in 2015-16 and has yet to score a Premier League goal this term, per WhoScored.com.
He has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, such as by Matt Law in the Telegraph. Given he is only 25, Chelsea could likely demand a significant fee for him.
Belgian football writer Kristof Terreur, though, claimed the Blues do not want to move him on:
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Anyway, Chelsea are not willing to sell Eden Hazard at the moment and the player isn't pushing for a move either. #cfc2016-3-11 07:18:56
Terry announced earlier this season that he would be leaving in the summer when his contract expires, per Dominic Fifield in the Guardian, and it seems the situation has not changed.
However, so vital has Terry, 35, been to Chelsea over the last decade that it seems likely the club's next manager—set to be Antonio Conte, per Banks—would at least consider keeping the Englishman at the club when he is installed in the summer.
The biggest area of rebuild looks set to be up front, as Remy, Falcao and Pato look almost guaranteed to depart in the summer given how little they are used—they have collectively started two Premier League games all season per WhoScored.com.
If Costa also goes—he has been widely linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, such as by MailOnline's Pete Jenson—Chelsea would be left with no proper strikers in their squad.
Conte is eager to add Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi to the Blues squad, per Simon Johnson in the Evening Standard.
They would be fine additions, but neither would come cheap. Even if both arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer, the Blues would still need at least one more striker on their books, assuming all four of their existing options leave.
The Blues were runaway Premier League champions last season, but Chelsea look set to have only a skeleton of a squad come the summer. If it is indeed Conte who takes charge, he has a huge challenge on his hands to return the club to former glories.