Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka are the biggest names to be part of the summer clearout at Chelsea. The Mirror says defenders Paulo Ferreira, Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov will also go, with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy preparing a radical overhaul of the squad over the next two years. And the future of Didier Drogba is up in the air as Blues bosses want the squad tailored to the requirements of £50million Fernando Torres rather than the Ivory Coast striker.
The changes are in the pipeline irrespective of the identity of the coach for next season, with Carlo Ancelotti still awaiting formal news of whether he will be sacked or allowed to see out the final year of his contract.
Owner Roman Abramovich is ready to sanction the next stage in the rebuilding of a squad that lost its league title this season due to a severe lack of depth and ageing players.
Malouda and Anelka, in particular, have become the focus for the ire of some members of the Blues hierarchy.
Malouda was accused by senior figures of going missing during the club's three-month 'bad moment', while Anelka's poor performance in the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Old Trafford has done the striker few favours.