Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31
The lacklustre performance at Selhurst Park was in stark contrast to the thrashing handed out to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, and Jose Mourinho's post-match comments have fuelled speculation of a wholesale clear-out at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Special One told reporters, per The Guardian:
I don't think it's the moment to speak about next season and the market but it's clear to everybody that Chelsea next year wants to bring a striker. What's the future for the other strikers? The ones who are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing [in]. And normally, at the end of the season, players that are not playing a lot or players who are not happy may prefer a change. That is also part of the market. We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window.
Click through for the players who could be subject to Mourinho's scalpel when the summer window opens.
PSG to Bid £50 Million for Eden Hazard
Hazard made the mistake of turning up for his post-match interview on Wednesday wearing a PSG shirt, and has told Goal.com that if his wife says she wants to move to Paris, he would have to take that into consideration.
Oscar/Eden Hazard Sale to Fund Summer Spending Spree?
Chelsea Will Have to Pay to Get Rid of Torres
reports that Fernando Torres will ask for £10 million in compensation if he is sold this summer. The "striker" has two years left on a £175,000 a week deal but is unlikely to get anywhere near that sum elsewhere due to his disastrous form. That leaves Chelsea to make up the difference in his wages if they want him gone.
Romelu Lukaku to Tottenham Hotspur
Edinson Cavani Unsettled at PSG
According to Neil McLemen at The Mirror, Edinson Cavani's love affair with Paris Saint-Germain could be over as soon as this summer. The striker has been in the French capital for less than a year having been ourted by Europe's top clubs, but he is increasingly frustrated at playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovc.
David Luiz to Be Sold in the Summer
Martin Lipton at The Mirror has reported that Jose Mourinho has lost patience with fan-favourite David Luiz, and is willing to sell the centre-half in the summer to raise funds for a new striker.
SkyBet Suspend Betting on Diego Costa to Chelsea
Mourinho's comments after Saturday's defeat only added to the weight of expectation that Chelsea will chase a world-class striker in the summer.
Diego Costa has long been linked with a move to London, and Sky Sports have reported suspending betting on the transfer going through.
Atletico Madrid Will Not Try to Sign Thibaut Courtois on Permanent Deal
Chelsea's 21-year-old goalkeeper has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons, but their president has said they respect his contract with Chelsea.
Enrique Cerezo told Mundo Deportivo (h/t Sky Sports):
Thibaut is very pleased to be at the Vicente Calderon right now although he is prepared to fight for his place with Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge. His future does not depend on us.