Chelsea won the Premier League title last season with a lot of style and swagger under their new boss Antonio Conte but this time around the scenario has completely changed for the Italian manager.
The Blues have failed to cope up with pressure and now they find themselves fifth on the league table – five points adrift the top four.
And after such a troubled season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is sure to overhaul his team once again – meaning a lot of players will be shown the exit door at the end of the season.
We take a look at some of the Chelsea players that might leave and also the probable clubs they might join.
1. Eden Hazard to Real Madrid:
During the past couple of months, no Chelsea exit list is complete without Eden Hazard’s name on it. The Belgian was close to joining Real Madrid last summer but the deal fell through after the player suffered a nasty injury while on international duty.
But Zinedine Zidane has made Eden Hazard his number one target for the summer transfer window meaning the Los Blancos will go all out for the playmaker. We feel that Chelsea could do very little to stop Hazard from moving to Spain and it would be sensible on their part to just get the best transfer price out of this deal.
2. Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid:
Thibaut Courtois is another Chelsea player who is being eyed by Zinedine Zidane. Courtois has been delaying contract talks with the Blues and some reports suggest that the Belgian has already rejected a couple of offers from the club to renew his deal.
While Courtois maintains that he just wants to focus on his game right now but his constant delays have created a doubt amongst a lot of fans that the shot-stopper has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
3. David Luiz to Man United/Arsenal:
Luiz started the current season as a first choice centre-back under Antonio Conte but after a clash of egos between the pair in November, the Brazilian has been spending most of his time on the sidelines.
Multiple reports have claimed that David Luiz has fallen down the pecking order and he is all ready to be sold at the end of the season. Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been named as a possible destination for the Brazilian but Luiz’s inclination to be reunited with Jose Mourinho might just tilt the balance in favour of Manchester United.
4. Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund:
Michy Batshuayi had a difficult first couple of months this season and despite scoring regular goals the striker somehow failed to win the trust of Antonio Conte. He finally moved to Borussia Dortmund on a loan deal until the end of the season and the Belgian has taken to the Bundesliga like a fish in water.
Reports from Germany have claimed that BVB also want Michy Batshuayi to stay and will push to make the deal permanent during the summer. And if Antonio Conte stays on as the Chelsea boss then the German outfit should not have any problems in making the deal come through.
5. Willian to Manchester United:
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho desperately wants to bring Willian onboard for the next season and the manager has already told his management to prepare a bit for the Brazilian.
During the first couple of months, Willian was struggling for game time but his situation has since improved. He is now one of the first names on Conte’s team sheet but if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League this season then it will be very difficult to keep him at Stamford Bridge.