It is being reported today that Chelsea have not just agreed to let Nicolas Anelka and Alex leave this January, but also intend to let another four senior players move away from Stamford Bridge as Andre Villas-Boas continues his rebuilding programme.
Didier Droga has also announced that he is now looking for a big-money deal to end his career and his Ivorian team-mate Salomon Kalou is expected to be given his marching orders, along with Paolo Ferreira and Jose Bosingwa.
According to the Chelsea transfer news in today’s Mail, both Alex and Anelka have been banned from associating or training with the Chelsea first team, with Anelka preparing to move to China in the New Year to join Shanghai Shenhua in a £6.4million-a-year deal.
They also report that Villas-Boas is looking to replace Alex with Bolton’s Gary Cahill, with the Universidad de Chile striker Eduardo Vargas being set up to cover Anelka and Drogba’s departures.
Villas-Boas has been given three years to build a team to win everything and he will be given free rein to make changes to the team in January and the summer, so Chelsea fans can expect an influx of new players in the next 8 months.