The transfer season is underway and people are clamouring to find out who will be on the move this summer. Chelsea have signed two big stars already but interestingly there will be several players who could be sold. Betting companies will have many a special offer regarding who could be next on the way out of Stamford Bridge.
1) John Obi Mikel
One player who has survived many managers but whose time might now be up is John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian international has been struggling for regular footbll over the last few years and looks incapable of performing in a two man midfield pivot that’s been so popular at the club over recent years. Modern midfielders like Kante are far more dynamic and mobilet than Mikel who often slows the play and doesn’t spread the ball well enough either.
The Brazilian scored two brilliant goals against Conte’s Juventus when he first signed, but since then has only performed in flits and bursts. Chelsea reportedly batted away a £50 million offer from a Chinese club in the January transfer window. He still has potential but it looks like if a big money offer comes in it’d make sense to sell him.
One of the worst performers last season was Branislav Ivanovic who was regularly caught out at right back and exposed for his gross lack of pace. He wasn’t solely to blame for the bad season though but at 31 he isn’t getting younger and he isn’t getting quicker. He has to replaced by someone younger and quicker. There are not a surplus of great young full-backs about as the unsuccessful Baba Rahman signing proved.
4) Loic Remy
With the signing of Batshuyi the survival of Loic Remy looks bleak as the club are reportedly keen on another forward. He did show flashes of quality and is definitely a good finisher but he has never proven to be good enough for a club like Chelsea. Like Costa he is also very injury prone which doesn’t make him a suitable or reiable back up striker for the club, this was apparent last season when Costa and Falcao were injured and Remy was often the only option. In the title winning campaign Remy was injured when Costa was out and missed his only chance, making his signing as backup forward somewhat redundant. He’d be a good striker for someone aspiring for a top 4 or top 6 finish but he simply isn’t good enough for a side who want to win the league.